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Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Luc Besson's children's stories

So how exactly did France's most popular but least-acclaimed director come to be a bestselling children's author? Stirring his tea in a large but spartan office on the not-very-spartan rue du Faubourg Saint-Honor´┐Ż, he is faintly surprised by the question.

"Why did I make Subway? Why did I do all that crazy undersea stuff in The Big Blue? Why did I go all black and nasty with Nikita?" he asks. "I don't know. Because I did. I do what I do because I want to do it, because I want to explore, go looking for things. This time it was kids."

Besson's fourth Arthur book, Arthur and the War of Two Worlds, is at the top of the French bestseller lists less than a month after its launch. The first three, starting with Arthur and the Minimoys - which has just been published in Britain - have sold more than 1m copies in more than 30 countries.

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