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Benedict Wells was born in 1984 in Munich. At the age of six, he started his journey through three Bavarian boarding schools. Upon graduating school in 2003, he moved to Berlin, where he decided against an academic education and instead started to dedicate his time to writing. In 2016 he won the European Prize for Literature for his third novel, The End of Loneliness, which has been in the German bestseller list for over a year. After years of living in Barcelona, Wells has recently returned to Berlin.


It is impossible to look away from it * Guardian *
What happens to Jules and Alva in the hands of Benedict Wells is dazzling storytelling . . . The End of Loneliness is both affecting and accomplished - and eternal -- John Irving
Original and captivating . . . its quiet charm in straightforward prose belies its sharp insight into the human condition * Stylist *
Beautifully rendered: moving and wise, occasionally timeless . . . when Wells most needs to be sophisticated, he is * Irish Times *
This novel has been rightfully described as something of a masterpiece. One thing is for sure - it is not easily forgotten. Heartfelt and enriching * Sunday Post *
With a surprising maturity . . . Benedict Wells has found a voice to describe, neither cruelly nor over-sensitively, human fragility, failure and ageing * Le Monde *
A superbly insightful story * BookRiot *
The writing is as luminous as the subject is dark * Elle France *
Wells' style is less antic than that of his admired elder John Irving, but . . . the resemblances are strong . . . A tender, affecting novel * Kirkus *
A love story and a life story, this rich and well-translated domestic drama acknowledges that some bonds are truly immutable in the face of, or perhaps because of, tragedy and that our memories and the stories we make of them, though they may change, are as real as anything. * Booklist *
Touching and timeless, the story is expertly and evocatively rendered, in prose both beautiful and sparse enough to cut clearly to the question at the novel's heart: how one copes with loss that isn't-or doesn't have to be-permanent. * Publishers Weekly *
What happens to Jules and Alva, in the hands of Benedict Wells, is dazzling storytelling ... The End of Loneliness is both affecting and accomplished - and eternal. * John Irving *
A tear-jerker . . . it is impossible to look away from it, the unravelling, reforming lives of its characters. * The Guardian *
Straightforward prose that belies its sharp insight into the human condition . . . Original and captivating. * Stylist *
Rightfully described as something of a masterpiece . . . Heartfelt and enriching. * Sunday Post *
This new novel is his masterpiece. -- Claudio Armbruster * ZDF, Germany *
A novel not easily forgotten. * Ravensburger Verlag Foundation *
A gripping family novel, a sensitive love story, a clever book about friendship. * Augsburger Allgemeine *
The writing is as luminous as the subject is dark. * Elle, Paris *

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