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My Brother Simple by Marie-Aude Murail


My Brother Simple by Marie-Aude Murail

There's unrequited love, lust (lots of it), bad romantic poetry, too many essays, and plenty of crisps. But the seventeen-year-old boy in this story has something extra to contend with. His older brother has learning difficulties and is languishing in a care home. Listening to his heart rather than his head, the boy knows he must get his brother, nicknamed Simple, out. But as their father is entirely preoccupied with his new wife, it's up to the boy to liberate Simple, and that means finding somewhere for them to live in the city. Funny, thought-provoking and clever, this French bestseller won the Prix SNCF du Livre de Jeunesse and was dramatised for French television; in Germany it won the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

About the Author

Marie-Aude Murail studied literature at the Sorbonne. In her native France, she is a household name and has written many prize-winning novels for children and young adults. Adriana Hunter spent four years at a French school as a child and took a First in French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated over 60 books, including for Bloomsbury Message in a Bottle and When I Was a Soldier, by Valerie Zenatti. She won the prestigious Scott-Moncrieff Prize 2011 for her translation of Beside the Sea, by Veronique Olmi, and the 2013 French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize for Electrico W, by Herve Le Tellier, and has twice been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in Norfolk, England.

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Publication date

2nd August 2012


Marie-Aude Murail

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


288 pages


General fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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