Thirty Days

Thirty Days (UK edition)

By Annelies Verbeke

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Alphonse, born in Senegal but raised in Flanders and in love with Kat, has recently moved to the Belgian countryside where, away from the city, he finds contentment as a handyman. Good with his hands, Alphonse is even better with his heart, brightening up not just interiors but their inhabitants, too. He varnishes parquet and listens to people’s sorrows, he hangs wallpaper and whispers advice. He listens to stories about neighbors’ quarrels, infidelity, asylum seekers, ghosts, and erotic fantasies. But what he doesn’t expect is that he…
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Literary novel




Liz Waters

Original Title

Dertig Dagen

Year of publication


'A dialogue with our fickle, tough times. Read it slowly. Put it aside. Read it again.'—David Van Reybrouck, author of Congo

Annelies Verbeke

Annelies Verbeke (Belgium) is a Belgian novelist who also writes short stories, essays, plays, and screenplays. Her first novel Slaap! (Sleep!) sold over 75,000 copies and was published in twenty-two countries. Her novel-in-stories Assumptions was published in English in 2015. Thirty Days was nominated for prestigious literary prizes and sold over 25,000 copies. She lives in Ghent. Photo: © Alex Salinas