What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?

"There really is one?" breathed Phouchg.
"There really is one," confirmed Deep Thought.
"To Everything? To the great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything?"
Both of the men had been trained for this moment, their lives had been a preparation for it, they had been selected at birth as those who would witness the answer, but even so they found themselves gasping and squirming like excited children […].
"Tell us!"
"Alright," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."
"Of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought.
"Is..." said Deep Thought, and paused.
"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
(Pan Books)

Distinguished participants

The festival bookshop

You won’t be able to pass the foyer by at the Fabra i Coats during the Festival 42! Two fantastic bookstalls will be there to tempt you, operated by The Filmo Bookshop and the Antiquarian Booksellers Guild of Catalonia.


Winning authors from the 42 Awards will also be signing copies of their books in the foyer on Saturday 5 November (12 noon).