Simenon, father of gritty novels

Read all about Georges Simenon, long considered as the father of gritty crime novels

It may seem new that foreign crime writers dominate book sales charts with Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson and Fred Vargas – but it was the same 80 years ago when Georges Simenon wrote his first Maigret novels.

Unravelling crimes across France, Simenon’s pipe-smoking, harddrinking Inspector Jules Amédée Maigret has been translated into more than 50 languages, published in 55 countries and sold 800million books worldwide.

Now Penguin has undertaken a mammoth task, to republish all 75 of his Maigret novels at the rate of one a month.
The project, which last month saw The Madman of Bergerac released, has been running for more than a year and has just produced a first “omnibus” edition of four novels.

Next month French publishers Places des Editeurs ...

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