The Curious Case of the Reception of the Humdrums in France

Our old friend Received Wisdom has it that the French don’t like traditional mysteries and never did – noir to them is the thing, and they have no patience for that tedious, boring British cosy stuff. France is, after all, the country where writers like James Ellroy or Dennis Lehane enjoy their biggest sales.  French … Lire la suite The Curious Case of the Reception of the Humdrums in France

A Morbid Taste for Obscure Old Books

We’re nearly two months away from 2019 and while there’s still time enough for a last-minute upset it seems likely that my Book of the Year will be either Hilda Van Siller’s The Widower or Jennie Melville’s Nell Alone with Noël Vindry’s La Fuite des Morts and Charlotte Jay’s A Hank of Hair as possible outsiders. This gives me … Lire la suite A Morbid Taste for Obscure Old Books