Writer (July 29, 1960).Didier Van Cauwelaert was born in 1960 in Nice into a family with Belgian roots. He showed an early talent for writing: he wrote a detective story aged eight and his first novel Vingt ans et des poussières was published when he was 22. His seventh novel, Un aller simple won the prestigious Goncourt Prize in 1994. He has written a further twelve novels, many of which contain characters who suffer from identity problems, which are handled with much sympathy and gentle humour. He has also written three plays: L’Astronome (which won the 1983 Académie Française Theatre Prize), Le Nègre, and Noces de Sable. He wrote the French libretto for the musical Tintin and the Temple of the Sun and has written screenplays for six films, including the 2001 film based on Un aller simple.