You Will Not Have My Hate
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You Will Not Have My Hate

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'A beacon of hope in a dark world' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Pool

Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Guardian and Observer

This inspiring and courageous book is a guiding star for us all in troubled times.

One night last winter, Antoine Leiris was at home looking after his son while his wife, Helene, was at a concert with friends. Suddenly he started receiving text messages asking if he was ok. Turning on the TV, Antoine watched the terrorist attacks in Paris unfolding around him and tried to call Helene. She didn't answer. That night Helene was killed, along with 88 other people, at the Bataclan Theatre.

Three days later, Antoine wrote an open letter to his wife's killers on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his baby son's life be defined by their acts. `For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom,' he wrote. Instantly, that short post caught fire and was shared thousands of times around the world.

You Will Not Have My Hate is an extraordinary and heartbreaking memoir which teaches us how to respond to a world full of hatred with generosity and love. This is the rare and unforgettable testimony of a survivor, and a universal message of hope and resilience.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 18mm | 274g
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911215345
  • 9781911215349
  • 116,515

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"A blazingly beautiful memoir... A glimmer of hope in the dark." -- Rachel Joyce * Observer, Books of the Year * "A blazingly beautiful memoir... A glimmer of hope in the dark." -- Rachel Joyce * Observer, Books of the Year * "A beacon of hope in a dark world" -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * The Pool * "An astonishing feat... I defy anyone not to shed tears at least once when reading this book." * Sunday Times * "A book of exceptional grace...the most extraordinary account of an emotional journey" * Observer * "An extraordinary read, honest, intimate and lightly poetic. It is a testament of love, loss and grief and also the often untold story of those who are left behind and must find a way to go on" * Irish Independent * "A book for our times" -- Mark Lawson * Guardian, Books of the Year * "Defiant and powerful...Leiris shows us, poignantly and movingly, how the absence of Helene opens up for him and his son." * The Times * "Incredible, informative, very powerful... Beautifully written... I felt so touched by it and changed by it, so I thank you for writing it. I hope it finds a huge audience. I can't recommend it highly enough... A beautiful piece of work" -- Jonathan Ross * Radio 2 Arts Show * "One of the most enduring and memorable messages after the deadly attack on Paris's Bataclan theater was written by journalist Antoine Leiris. This bracing, courageous, and utterly beautiful book shows us that he had much more to say" * Elle.com *
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About Antoine Leiris

A former cultural commentator for France Info and France Bleu, Antoine Leiris is a journalist in Paris. You Will Not Have My Hate is his first book.
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"One of the most enduring and memorable messages after the deadly attack on Paris's Bataclan theater was written by journalist Antoine Leiris. This bracing, courageous, and utterly beautiful book shows us that he had much more to say"
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