Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. The extraordinary new novel from the author of Life of Pi. In Lisbon in 1904 a young man named Toms discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that – if it exists – would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery. Fifty years on a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. The High Mountains of Portugal takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century – and through the human soul. Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at university he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi which was translated into thirty-eight languages. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan Canada.