Joël Dicker is a writer from Geneva – four novels from 2012 to 2018; we have read them all. His second book, “La verité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert“, has been made into a complete film – beautiful imagery, high quality, being aired on TV in ten 50-minute parts.
The original film is in English but, as with his last three French-language books, translated into many languages. English and French versions of the film are being shown as of November 2018 on Swiss-French TV, and on French TV.
To our knowledge his first book (“Les derniers jours de nos pères“) has not been translated from the original French. An exchange in 2016 with Joël via his website informed that there were also no plans to do it.
That first book is amazing (and for which he received the Geneva writer’s prize in 2010 *) in that it is an intriguing true story about the British Secret Service during WW2 – difficult to believe that such sensitivity and detail of the situation and lives of the characters could be written by such a young author.
RTS Interview with Joël Dicker (French)
*Confusion about the publication date of this first novel is cleared up by the English-language biography section of his website at that time: (current website: joeldicker.com)
Joël Dicker is a Swiss novelist, born on June 16th 1985. He is from Geneva, a French-speaking city in western Switzerland. He attended Geneva schools, and the University of Geneva law school. He received his Masters of Law from the University of Geneva in 2010.
From an early age, Joël has had a passion for writing. At age ten, Joël founded La Gazette des Animaux (Animals’ Gazette), a magazine about nature that he directed for seven years. At age 20 he made his first attempts as a fiction writer. His short story, Le Tigre, was honored in 2005 by PIJA (International Prize for Young French-speaking Authors). At age 24, he wrote Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères (The Final Days of our Fathers), a novel that tells the true but little-known story of the SOE, an underground branch of the British Secret Intelligence Service. In 2010, Joël won the Prix des Ecrivains Genevois (Geneva Writers’ Prize), a prize for unpublished manuscripts, for Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères. After winning this prestigious prize, Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères was pubished in 2012.
During the two years between writing Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères and its publication, Joël was working on a new and more comtemporary novel. He studied all the critiques he had received for Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères and worked on his style. As for North America, he knows it well: as a child he spent every summer vacation in New England. After two years of hard work, he finished this book in May 2012. La Vérité sur l’Affaire Harry Quebert is 670 pages long. It has been translated into over 30 languages and is being published in over 45 countries.