Death on Credit More perplexing and disjointed than his illustrious,
previous work ( Journey to the End of Night), the novel also includes, as an added bonus, long passages set in the English town of Gravesend, Kent.
Reveries of the Solitary Walker
A paranoiac account of the writer’s persecution in Paris and island exile — completely insane and full of
extremely astute observations. Against the Grain The scene where the decadent aesthete and aristocrat Des Esseintes fails to board for England because he is put off by the rosbifs in the railway buffet at the Gare du Nord sums up everything you need to know about the French — and the English.
Essays I became acquainted with Montaigne during a long,
lonely winter, when I lived alone on an isolated Scottish isle — we have been close friends ever since.
Monsieur Monde Vanishes
According to Gide, Simenon was a far better writer than he realised. One of the great tough novels, it is an
exploration of the serendipitous nature of human identity, as intense as Sartre’s or Camus’s philosophy.
Most recent publication: Shark,
hardcover, 480 pages, Viking (September 2014), £ 13.99.