Liz Jensen is the best-selling author of eight novels including

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

soon to be released as a motion picture starring Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul and Aiden Longworth. Her critically-acclaimed fiction spans black comedy, science fiction, satire, family drama, historical fantasy and psychological suspense. It has appeared in anthologies, been short-listed for the Guardian Fiction award, nominated three times for the Orange Prize, and translated into twenty languages.



“I’m not most kids. I’m Louis Drax. Stuff happens to me that shouldn’t happen, like going on a picnic where you drown.”

Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, accident prone. When he falls off a cliff into a ravine, the accident seems almost predestined. Louis miraculously survives – but the family has been shattered. Louis’ father has vanished, his mother is paralysed by shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a clinic in Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet tries to coax Louis back to consciousness. But the boy defies medical logic, startling Dannachet out of his safe preconceptions, and drawing him inexorably into the dark heart of Louis’ buried world. Only Louis holds the key to the mystery surrounding his fall – and he can’t communicate. Or can he?

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