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Maylis de Kerangal spent her childhood in Le Havre, France. Her novel Birth of a Bridge was the winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Médicis in 2010. Her novella Tangente vers l’est was the winner of the 2012 Prix Landerneau. Her fifth novel, Mend the Living, is a 24-hour whirlwind of death and life, from fatal crash to life-saving operation. It was published in French to wide acclaim, winning the Grand Prix RTL-Lire award and being declared the Student Choice Novel of the Year by France Culture and Télérama. In 2016, it was longlisted for the Man Booker International. It has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017.