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Natacha Appanah


This award, introduced in 2016, involves a panel of judges made up of pupils from 600 high schools who vote for their favourite novel from a shortlist of 6 titles published by Folio in the current year. Tackling subjects suitable for discussion and exploration in class as part of the upper secondary school curriculum, each suggested book for the pupils to read encourages them to think or debate between themselves. Prior to the voting, the shortlisted authors are invited to meet the classes taking part in several French cities.


Photo: Nathacha Appanah ("Tropique de la violence", Gallimard), winner of the 2019 award. | © Francesca Mantovani - Gallimard