The Novel

Winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize, ‘Mend the Living’ is an acclaimed novel from Maylis de Kerangal, one of the brightest and boldest writers of modern literary fiction - translated from French by Jessica Moore.

A twenty-four-hour whirlwind of death and life.

In the depths of a winter's night, the heart of Simon Limbeau is resting, readying itself for the day to come. In a few hours' time, just before six, his alarm will go off and he will venture into the freezing dawn, drive down to the beach, and go surfing with his friends. A trip he has made a hundred times and yet, today, the heart of Simon Limbeau will encounter a very different course.

But for now, the black-box of his body is free to leap, swell, melt and sink, just as it has throughout the years of Simon's young life.

5.50 a.m.

This is his heart.

And here is its story.

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“I've seldom read a more moving book... De Kerangal is a master of momentum, to the extent that when the book ends, the reader feels bereft.”
- The Guardian

“Maylis de Kerangal navigates perfectly between the epic and the intimate; let's just say that her writing will shake you to your very core.

- ELLE

“A novel that goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being”
- The Independent

“The story unfolds in an intricate lacework of precise detail. These characters feel less like fictional creations and more like ordinary people, briefly illuminated in rich language.”
- The New York Review of Books