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Life, Only Better

by Anna Gavalda & Tina Kover

Mathilde is twenty-four. She has abandoned her studies in art history in lieu of a menial job and lives in a house she shares with twin sisters.  One day she forgets her bag in a café and a week later an unknown...

Lock No. 1

by Georges Simenon & David Coward

A new translation of Georges Simenon's novel set in claustraphobic provincial town, book eighteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.

Cars drove past along with the trucks and trams, but by now Maigret had realised...

Mr Hire's Engagement

by Georges Simenon & Shaun Whiteside

Georges Simenon's chilling portrayal of tragic love, persecution and betrayal.

'One sensed in him neither flesh nor bone, nothing but soft, flaccid matter, so much so that his movements were hard to make out....

The Circle

Commandant Martin Servaz #2

by Bernard Minier

They find the boy by the swimming pool, dolls floating on its surface.

Inside the house, his teacher lies dead.

But he claims to remember nothing...

June 2010. In the middle of a World Cup match, Martin Servaz...


by Amelie Nothomb & Alison Anderson

With wry humor and a deceptively simple style, Amélie Nothomb, the author of over twenty-three best-selling novels tells an unusual story about twin abiding passions: one for champagne, and the other for a...

Liberty Bar

by Georges Simenon & David Watson

A new translation of Georges Simenon's devastating novel set on the French Riviera, book seventeen in the new Penguin Maigret series.

It had a smell of holidays. The previous evening, in Cannes harbour, with...

So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood

by Patrick Modiano & Euan Cameron

From the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, a haunting novel of suspense in which a single, unexpected phone call to a man living quietly in Paris launches a chain of menacing encounters and events,...

The Misty Harbour

by Georges Simenon & Linda Coverdale

A new translation of Georges Simenon's gripping tale of lost identity. Book sixteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.

A man picked up for wandering in obvious distress among the cars and buses on the Grands...

The Path of Anger

by Antoine Rouaud

There will be blood. There will be death. This is the path of anger...

Year 10 of the new Republic, in the remote port city of Masalia. Dun-Cadal, once the greatest general of the Empire, has been drinking his...

Brief Loves That Live Forever

by Andreï Makine & Geoffrey Strachan

A beautifully observed and moving account of love and the human spirit in the Soviet era

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the...

The Flemish House

by Georges Simenon & Shaun Whiteside

A new translation of this chilling novel, set on the Belgian border. Book fourteen in the new Penguin Maigret series. She wasn't an ordinary supplicant. She didn't lower her eyes. There was nothing humble about...

Reader for Hire

by Raymond Jean & Adriana Hunter

A beautiful homage to the art of reading – light and funny. A celebration of the union of sensuality and language.

Marie-Constance loves reading and possesses an attractive voice. So, one day she decides to...

And Then Came Paulette

by Barbara Constantine

Barbara Constantine's And Then Came Paulette has climbed the European bestseller charts providing many smiles and laughs as along the way. When his son's family move away, widower Ferdinand is left with only...

The Meursault Investigation

by Kamel Daoud & John Cullen

“A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus’s The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims.” —The New Yorker


He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero...

The Saint-Fiacre Affair

by Georges Simenon & Shaun Whiteside

Maigret's past comes to life in this vivid new translation of this evocative novel, set in the Inspector's home town. Book thirteen in the new Penguin Maigret series. Maigret savoured the sensations of his youth...

The Mahé Circle

by Georges Simenon & Sian Reynolds

The first English publication of Georges Simenon's compelling novel about summer escape and elusive obsessions.'The island itself. Its throbbing heat as if in a belljar under the sun, the scorpion in his son's...

Camille: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

by Pierre Lemaitre

In his acclaimed, award-winning novels Alex and Irène, Pierre Lemaitre created an unforgettable character in Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven. Now, in Camille, the final volume in Lemaitre's internationally...

The Shadow Puppet

by Georges Simenon & Ros Schwartz

A new translation of this gripping domestic tragedy, set in Simenon's very own neighbourhood. Book twelve in the new Penguin Maigret series.

One by one the lighted windows went dark. The silhouette of the dead...

The Queen's Caprice: Stories

by Jean Echenoz & Linda Coverdale

France’s preeminent fiction writer is frequently credited with a kind of literary magic, an ability to craft stories with such precision and detail that readers are caught off guard by the powerful currents...

The Two-Penny Bar

by Georges Simenon & David Watson

A forgotten crime comes to light in the Parisian summer in Georges Simenon's twisted tale. Book eleven in the new Penguin Maigret series.

'A radiant late afternoon. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the...