Laurent Binet (born 19 July 1972) is a French writer and university lecturer. His work focuses on the modern political scene in France.

Laurent Binet
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Born (1972-07-19) 19 July 1972 (age 47)
Paris, France
Alma materUniversity of Paris
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The son of a historian,[1] Laurent Binet was born in Paris. He graduated from the University of Paris with a degree in Literature. He teaches French in a Parisian suburb and also at the University of Saint-Denis.

Binet was awarded the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman for his first novel, HHhH.[2] The novel recounts the assassination of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in 1942.

In August 2012, Binet published Rien ne se passe comme prévu (Nothing goes as planned), a behind-the-scenes account of the successful presidential campaign of François Hollande, which Binet witnessed while embedded with Hollande's campaign staff. In 2015, he published his second novel, La septieme fonction du language, which was translated in 2017 as The Seventh Function of Language.


  • La vie professionnelle de Laurent B. Little big man, 2004, ISBN 978-2-915557-52-7
  • HHhH, Grasset & Fasquelle, 2010, ISBN 978-2-246-76001-6
  • Rien ne se passe comme prévu, Grasset, 2012, ISBN 978-2-24679933-7
  • La Septième Fonction du langage, Grasset, 2015, ISBN 978-2-24677601-7 (The Seventh Function of Language, 2017)
  • Civilizations, Grasset, 2019


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