Georges Simenon is one of the 20th century’s most prolific authors. His prestigious output included 75 novels starring his most famous creation, Inspector Maigret, and his novels define post-WW1 France with themes that still resonate today.
Professor John Gray is the author of a number of highly regarded books including False Dawn, Straw Dogs, The Silence of the Animals and The Soul of the Marionette.
Ros Schwartz (@RosSchwartz) has been a translator from French since 1981, translating over 70 titles, including a number of Penguin Classics' new translations of Simenon.
John Simenon (@johnsimenon) is Georges’ son and manages his father’s literary estate.
Martin Conway is a Fellow and Tutor in History at Balliol College, University of Oxford.
This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016, taking place from Monday 22 - Saturday 27 February 2016, with the theme 'Utopias'.
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A podcast of this event is available to download from My Friend Maigret: escapism, dreams and the imagination in Simenon.
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