The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

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By (author) Liz Jensen

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747571112
  • ISBN 13: 9780747571117
  • Sales rank: 244,752

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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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Author information

Liz Jensen is the acclaimed author of The Paper Eater, Egg Dancing, Ark Baby (shortlisted for The Guardian Fiction Prize) and most recently War Crimes for the Home. She lives in London.

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'A remarkable suspense novel: tart, mysterious and wrenching' Anthony Minghella, Academy Award-winning director 'This is a wonderfully unsettling psychological thriller ... An oddly beautiful journey into the darkest corners of the human soul' Mail on Sunday 'Shocking, moving and beautifully written, The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax is an extraordinary novel about family mystery and medical marvels' Image 'A gripping psychological thriller with a gothic flavour ... unputdownable ... The Ninth Life of Louis Drax contains many heart-stopping moments where the tension is cranked up almost to breaking point' Daily Telegraph