My Friend Maigret: escapism, dreams and the imagination in Simenon

Hosted by the LSE Literary Festival

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,


Professor John Gray

Professor John Gray

Ros Schwartz

Ros Schwartz

John Simenon

John Simenon


Martin Conway

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 DawnStraw DogsThe 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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