A French counterpart to Adrian Mole, by one of Europe's best-loved comic writers
Daniel Pennac was born in 1944 in Morocco. He was a teacher before becoming a writer of books for children and a series of hugely successful humorous novels. A continued interest in education and social affairs led to his book The Rights of the Reader, and thereafter to School Blues, for which he won the Prix Renaudot.
Pennac has always been a funny writer, and one capable of the odd moment of breath-catchingly beautiful insight, too; but more than anything he is simply the most humane of writers, the most generously understanding of his fellow human. In Diary of a Body he has found just one more new, inspired way to show it. — Daniel Hahn, Guardian.
Daniel Pennac is on top form — Anne Crignon, Le Nouvel Observateur
In the style of Jean-Jacques Rousseau... Daniel Pennac sets off on an astounding, utterly unique literary adventure — Jean-Claud Raspiengeas, La Croix
It's all here, in sharp detail. No orifice or appendage can withhold any secrets from Pennac, neither secretion nor emission... Here is the story of every fibre of our bodies — Patrick Granville, Figaro