Joël Dicker


Joel Dicker is a francophone Swiss writer who was born in Geneva on the 16th of June 1985. He then took his first steps as a writer. His first short story, Le Tigre, was awarded a Young Auhor International Prize in 2005 and was published by the Editions de l’Hèbe (Switzerland). The manuscript of his first novel, Les derniers jours de nos père, was completed in 2009 but could not find a publisher until 2012 when he was co-published by Fallois and L’âge d’homme Editions. His second novel, La Vérité sur l’Affaire Harry Quebert was published in 2012 by Fallois and was laureate of the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française and the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens (younger sibling of the Prix Goncourt).


Autobiography for Quais du Polar

‘Born in 1985, Joël Dicker is a Swiss writer. After creating La Gazette des animaux when he was 10, attending the Cours Florent school of acting and named the ‘youngest Swiss news editor’ by the Tribune de Genève, Joël Dicker was awarded the Geneva writers’ Prize in 2010 for his first novel, Les Derniers jours de nos pères. He also is a passionate jazz drummer and published a second book in 2012, La Vérité sur l’Affaire Harry Québert which shook up the French the literary season. It successively received the Fondation Bleustein Blanchet Vocation Prize, the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie Française and the Prix Goncourt des lycéens 2012.’


Crime favourites

Film: Elephant Man, directed by David Lynch

Book: Poor Folk, by Dostoïevski

Author: Romain Gary