PFD on behalf of Georges Simenon Ltd held an event for Bloggers on Saturday 13th June at the Groucho Club. It was such a great opportunity and pleasure to meet the wonderful bloggers who came, and all were so enthusiastic about the Simenon works and Inspector Maigret, from all perspectives – crime blogging, translation fiction, appreciating the atmospheric, psychological and evocative plots. We were so thrilled to have John Simenon present, who talked about his father: how Georges Simenon planned his writing and also how he considered himself to be a father first, and a writer second.
There are 391 novels in all, 75 of which feature Inspector Maigret: they are crime led, roughly novella length, addictive and leave you desperate to read the next one! His remaining 316 novels were known as the ‘Romans Durs’. These are stand alone novels, also of novella length and also addictive in their own way. The aim of the event was to encourage all to read and enjoy the books and become part of the Simenon community; to pick up, not just one, but many titles, many times, and read a Simenon book often which we guarantee will feed and satisfy reading appetites! We are so pleased that we are helping to spread the word especially with the wonderful blogs which have since been written:
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Georges Simenon (1903-1989) began his long and successful career as a novelist when he moved to Paris at just nineteen years old. He wrote prolifically producing over 200 books including seventy-five brilliant novels following his most famous creation, the fictional French detective, Jules Maigret.
A household name in Continental Europe, Simenon wasn’t just a writer of excellent detective stories, but a major 20th-century novelist. If you don’t know his work, you should.
‘In The Mahé Circle, one of the romans durs translated now into English for the first time, the man on the run is François Mahé, or Dr. Mahé, as he is designated throughout, a small-town general practitioner whom we first meet holidaying with his family on the island of Porquerolles in the south of France, off the coast from Hyères. Dr. Mahé is suffering from a sense of general dissatisfaction. Since he was a child, he feels, “one could almost say that other people had been living his life for him.”’
John Banville, New York Review of Books, 1 June 2015 – Read more
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.
The Mahé Circle published 5 June 2015. Find out more.
Atkinson will appear in two 120 minute films for ITV: Maigret Sets A Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man.
On his role Atkinson has said: “I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for many years and I’m very much looking forward to playing such an intriguing character, at work in Paris during a fascinating period in its history”.
Filming for Maigret is set to begin in September 2015, and will be produced by Maigret Productions and Ealing Studios.
(Photography copyright Toby Hancock / Rex)
Poor Cécile! And yet she was still young. Maigret had seen her papers: barely twenty-eight years old. But it would be difficult to look more like an old maid, to move less gracefully, in spite of the care she took to be friendly and pleasant. Those black dresses that she must make for herself from bad paper patterns, that ridiculous green hat!
In the dreary suburbs of Paris, the merciless greed of a seemingly respectable woman is unearthed by her long suffering niece, and Maigret discovers the far-reaching consequences of their actions. Translated by Anthea Bell, Cecile is Dead is published by Penguin Classics on 4th June.