Nominated by:

Redbridge Libraries, London, UK

Publisher of nominated edition:

Penguin, UK

The End of Eddy

Édouard Louis      

Translated from the French by Michael Lucey

Édouard Louis grew up in a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling debut novel about life there, The End of Eddy, has sparked debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence.

It is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author’s own. Written with an openness and compassionate intelligence, ultimately, it asks, how can we create our own freedom?

About the Author

Édouard Louis is the author of two novels and the editor of a book on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and Freeman’s. His first novel, The End of Eddy, was translated into more than twenty-five languages, and has made him one of the most celebrated writers of his generation.

Librarian’s comments:

A coruscating autobiographical novel set in small-town Northern France, which addresses questions of class and sexuality in a way simultaneously startling and provocative.


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