Author(s): René Goscinny
The first new Asterix book for five years now appears in paperback. It sees Asterix and Obelix celebrating their joint birthday party back in the Gaulish village and some surprise guests have been invited! Meanwhile, Julius Caesar has to deal with his old enemy Pompey, who is looking for supporters among the legions stationed in Gaul. And just what part do the two old friends play in the story - Tremensdelirius, from Asterix and Caeser's Gift, and the lovely Panacea, first encountered in Asterix and the Legionary? After many exciting adventures, all is finally revealed...
ASTERIX AND THE ACTRESS (HB) was the first new Asterix release for five years 100,000 copies of hardback edition sold Hardback enjoyed a record-breaking first print run Global sales of Asterix outstrip Harry Potter 11,000 web sites devoted to Asterix Combined UK sales of the last 5 books is over 2.2 million copies More than 300 million Asterix books sold world-wide Follows the re-launch of the last 6 Asterix titles by Orion
The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames. THE TIMES"
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 33 Asterix albums. Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977.