Author(s): Delphine de Vigan
Lou Bertignac has an IQ of 160 and a good friend called Lucas who gets her through the school day. At home her father cries in secret in the bathroom and her mother hasn't been out of the house properly for years. But Lou is about to change her life - and that of her parents - for good, all because of a school project she decides to do about the homeless. Through the project Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou cannot bear that No is still on the streets when she goes back home - even if it is to a home that is saddened and desolate. So she asks her parents if No can come to live with them. To her astonishment, her parents - eventually - agree. No's presence forces Lou and her parents to finally face the sadness that has enveloped them. But No has disruptive as well as positive effects. Can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together? A tense, brilliant novel tackling the true meanings of home and homelessness.
No and Me is a bestseller in France (over 120,000 copies sold), where it was awarded the Prix des Libraires and is also a bestseller in Italy (50,000 copies sold) Rights sold in sixteen different territories Shortlisted in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2010 Film and TV rights have already been sold - production of the film started in January 2010 The strong subject matter is of far-reaching interest and is perfect for feature articles
'Well-structured, with moments of tenderness and truth about family life and home, inadequate parents and neglected children, No and Me is honest (as revealing and insightful about Lou and home life as it is about No and homelessness) but also at least partially reassuring' The Independent on Sunday 'A thing of poetic beauty' The Times 'There is no doubt that all ages will find much to relish in this deceptively simple tale that is touching and enlightening' The Herald 'Lou's transparent narrative at times naive, at times profound marks this apart as something special' The Sunday Telegraph
Delphine de Vigan is French and lives in Paris. Having published several adult novels, this is her first novel for young adults. No and Me was awarded the Prix des Libraires 2008 (The Booksellers' Prize). Delphine's forthcoming novel for Bloomsbury, Underground Time, was one of the four finalists for the Prix Goncourt - the French equivalent of the Booker Prize. George Miller is a regular translator for Le Monde diplomatique's English-language edition. He is also the translator of Conversations with my Gardener by Henri Cueco and Inside Al-Qaeda by Mohammed Sifaoui.