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Graeme Macrae Burnet on the Novels and Literary Legacy of Georges Simenon

"What all these novels share is the alchemic capacity to make the everyday fascinating and compelling."

For the Book Prize-shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet the novels of Georges Simenon have had a lasting resonance, proving a vital inspiration for his first novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau and his latest The Accident on the A35. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, he introduces a writer with a unique power to shape the imagination and reveals other authors whose work owes a debt to his legacy.

Q & A: Graeme Macrae Burnet

Q & A: Graeme Macrae Burnet

Posted on 25th Oct, 2016 by Sally Campbell

It’s not our place as booksellers to be partisan over awards: being independently-minded – at least until the award has had its moment – is part of the job.

The presence of Graeme Macrae Burnet on the Man Booker shortlist, however, has forced us to test this position. As one of our own – that is, an ex-Waterstones bookseller – Burnet has not just joined that grand alumnus of booksellers into print, but now finds himself on the very precipice of potentially bagging the biggest and most prestigious prize in literary fiction. By this evening, we will know and we can’t help but feel a certain sense of pride and anxiety.

Last week, Waterstones Online’s Martha Greengrass caught up with Burnet to discuss the construction of His Bloody Project, the novel under such scrutiny, and the place where research stops and narrative begins.

Deep in the Projects

Deep in the Projects

Posted on 14th Sep, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Although we’re trying desperately not to be too partisan at Waterstones towers, we can’t but help but feel a shiver of pride to witness ex-Waterstones bookseller Graeme Macrae Burnet forge through to the final Man Booker 2016 shortlist six for his masterful novel of criminal trial, His Bloody Project. The book has received rare praise for its almost overwhelming sense of authenticity and here, Graeme lifts the lid on his singular narrative approach.

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