- Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library
- Format: Hardback | 136 pages
- Dimensions: 96mm x 150mm x 14mm | 100g
- Publication date: 1 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1907360018
- ISBN 13: 9781907360015
- Edition statement: Main Market Ed.
- Sales rank: 5,831
'All grown-ups were once children - although few of them remember it.' A pilot forced to crash land in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince who is visiting the Earth from his own small planet with its three volcanoes and a beautiful flower. Through this meeting, the aviator comes to discover many of life's universal truths which illuminate the human condition with all its foibles, cunning and eccentricities. This wonderful and remarkable book will enchant both children and adults alike. It is a strange and wonderful parable for all ages, championing the beauty and wisdom of childhood which fades when one becomes 'a grown up'. Antoine De Saint-Exupery's book has been translated into over 180 languages and sold over 80 million copies. Its magic is in its charm, its simplicity and its truths which speak to people of many nations and generations. This is a specially commissioned new translation by Ros and Chloe Schwarz.Illustrated in black and white by the author, with an afterword by David Stuart Davies.
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Antoine De Saint Exupery, born in Lyon 29 June 1900, was a French writer and aviator. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince, and for his books about aviation adventures, including Night Flight (1931) and Wind, Sand and Stars (1939). In 1921 he began his military service and trained as a pilot. He became one of the pioneers of international postal flight. At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the French Air Force flying reconnaissance missions until the armistice with Germany. Following a spell writing in the United States, he joined the Free French Forces. He went on a mission to collect information on German troop movements in the Rhone valley on 31 July 1944 and was never seen again. His plane disappeared. It was assumed that he was shot down over the Mediterranean. An unidentifiable body wearing French colours was found several days later and buried in Carqueiranne that September.