- Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- Format: Paperback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 208mm x 284mm x 5mm | 260g
- Publication date: 15 September 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0752866354
- ISBN 13: 9780752866352
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: 48
- Sales rank: 8,144
Quaestor Vexatius Sinustitis, who is about to expose the Roman governor's creative accountancy, has been poisoned. Can Getafix brew an antidote? Only if Asterix and Obelix find a certain flower for the druid's potion in Helvetia. What with bank safes, cuckoo hourglasses, yodelling and holes in the cheese, they're soon on a real Helvetian roll.
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Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.
The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames. THE TIMES"
The governor of Gaul has always been a "creative" accountant. Now he's under investigation by Vexatius Sinusitis-or he was, until someone poisoned the investigator. In order to heal Vexatius, Asterix and Obelix set off to locate a special flower that grows only in Helvetia.