Maigret's Memoirs: Inspector Maigret #35

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Penguin Books Limited, Sep 1, 2016 - Fiction - 160 pages

Maigret sets the record straight and tells the story of his own life, giving a rare glimpse into the mind of the great inspector - and the writer who would immortalise him.

I can still see Simenon coming into my office the next day, pleased with himself, displaying even more self-confidence, if possible, than before, but nevertheless with a touch of anxiety in his eyes ... He trumpeted these last words as if they were a sensational discovery. 'Making it seem truer than life, that's the crux of it. Well, I've made you truer than life.'

Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations.

'His artistry is supreme' John Banville

'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian

'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent

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User Review  - jon1lambert -

Takes a bit of getting used to. It is not the story of a crime solved by Maigret but Maigret's account of his relationship with Simenon, showing how he trod the beat before he became a detective and ... Read full review

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User Review  - antiquary -

Personally, I like Miagret as a character, but I tend to find Simenon's mysteries about him depressingly sordid. This volume suits me, as it purports to me Maigret's own memoirs of his own fairly ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.

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