- Michel de Decker.
- Bernard Werber.
- Gilbert Bordes.
- George Simenon.
- Maurice Leblanc.
- Agatha Christie.
- Martha Grimes.
I would like to present you on this page some of my
favourite authors, because like much of people, I like to read.
This does not mean that I do not read others, there is for example
the German writer Konsalik, the Dutch writer Jan Wolters.
I am also a great fan of Maarten Toonder, with his "Tom Poes"
and "Olivier B Bommel", and not to forget the series like
"Asterix and Oublix", and "Gaston Lagaffe".
Michel de Decker.
Michel de Decker, historian writer is located in the tread of his
friend André Castelot and that of Alain Decaux, with whom he
took part on many Platforms of the History (France-Inter).
Author of a score of titles (published at Perrin, Belfond, Pygmalion,
Lafon etc) he is also a producer of TV emissions (FR3 Normandy)
historical chronicler on France Blue and a extremely appreciated
lecturer (storyteller). As well on ground as on sea
(Large conferences of Figaro, of Vichy, Biarritz etc), he animates
also the afternoon of various universities of on spare times and sows
the fine words of the history near many croisierists (on board of
France-Norway, World Renaissance, Mistral etc). Honorary
president of the Company of the Authors of Normandy he organizes many
Book meetings (Salons du livre) and takes part in all great literary
demonstrations of France and Navarre. He is also the
author of some spectacles and musicals.
OF DECKER, "the magician of the history" by Andre CASTELOT
I remember my first meeting with Michel de Decker. It was in 1972,
exactly January 23. I remember it better as much that it was my
birthday. However, on January 23 was also the birthday
of my visitor. Not likewise, of course! since I was born
in 1911 (what today does not go back to yesterday) and he in 1948 !
However in spite of these a few years of variation what
divided one and the other, same passion, that revives and likes the
past by all possible means of expression, that it is the book, the
conferences, the Radio or the Television, without forgetting the joy
which can emanate from the sound and lite shwos. We had
the same taste of the new document retrieval and the meetings with
witnesses of the History.
Gilbert Bordes was born 1948 close to Tulle, in Low Correze.
He finds his way after tormented studies and trades of chance, in
journalism. Novelist, Gilles Bordes is the author of:
"Beauchabrol", "Barbe d'Or", "L'Angélus
de minuit", "Le Roi et son Moulin", La Nuit des
Hulottes" (Pris R.T.L. General public 1992), "Les Chasseurs
de Papillons" (Price Charles-Exbrayat 1993), and lately: "La
Montagne Brisée", and "Le Dernier Orage". It
also published a collection of novels, "Le Chat derrière
la vitre". His village chronicle, "Le porteur de destins",
which received the Price of the Houses of press 1992 in the category
Bernard Werber is a French writer (born on September 18, 1961), known
in particular for his trilogy of the Ants, the Cycle of
Thanatonautes, the Trilogy of the cycle of the gods and his many
other novels. Its work made meet mythology,
spirituality, science fiction, biology, futurology, logic, as with
scientific data etc Its style of writing mixes various
kinds, in particular the saga of adventure, the science fiction of
the inter-war period and the philosophical tale.
In the majority of his novels, Bernard Werber uses the same form of
construction, alternating informative articles of encyclopaedia and
two narrative threads. The articles specify or widen the
intrigues, these two last recutting itself episodically.
Moreover, its novels and its news intersect. One finds
thus characters like Edmond Wells at the same time in the Empire of
the angels and the trilogy of the Ants, but also of the recurring
topics, like "The Tree of Possibilities"
of Isidore, or the novel Us them gods, taking again elements of the
news the School of the young gods.
George Joseph Christian Simenon is a Belgian writer of French
language, and creator of the character of Police chief "Jules
Maigret". He was born in Liege, officially, on February 13,
1903. His life starts with a mystery, he would have been
born on Friday February 13, but declares the 12 per superstition, and
dies in Lausanne on September 4, 1989.
Simenon was a novelist of an exceptional fruitfulness: we owe him 192
autobiographical novels, 158 novels, several works and of many
articles and reports published under his own name and 176 novels, of
tens of gallant news, tales and articles published under 27
pseudonyms. Cumulated pullings of its books reach 550
million specimens. George Simenon is, according to the
Statistical Directory of UNESCO of 1989, the eighteenth author all
nationalities confused, the fourth author of French language, and the
most translated Belgian author in the world.
Andre Gide, Andre Thérive and Robert Brasillach were the first
to recognize it like a great writer. André Gide
said of him: "Simenon is a genius
novelist and the most really novelist who we have in our today
literature", whereas the philosopher Herman de Keyserling
declared "He is a genius imbecile". He was
selected like one of the Hundred Walloons of the century, by the
Institute Jules Destrée, in 1995.
Maurice Leblanc, writer, born on November 11, 1864 in Rouen (France),
who died on November 6, 1941, in Perpignan, is author of detective
novels and adventures, creator of the famous character of Arsene
Lupin, the gentleman-burglar.
We can visit the house of Maurice Leblanc, in Étretat, in
Seine-Maritime. The needle of Étretat is used
besides in the novel “The
hollow Needle” with
The father of Maurice Leblanc was a ship-owner.
Orphan of mother, he was put at the world by the surgeon Achille
Flaubert, brother of Gustave. He refuses the career
which his father intends to him in a factory of carding brushes and
"Goes up to Paris" to write. He is initially a
journalist, then novelist and storyteller (Des couples, Une femme,
Voici des ailes). He awakens the interest of Jules
Renard and Alphonse Daudet, without public success. In
1901, he publishes Enthusiasm, autobiographical novel.
He attends the great names of literature in Paris: Stephan Mallarmé
or Alphonse Allais. It was in 1905 that Pierre Laffitte,
director of monthly magazine "Je sais tout" (I know all),
orders a novel to him: "L'Arrestation d'Arsène Lupin"
(The Arrest of Arsene Lupin) - name borrowed from the city council
man of Paris Arsene Lopin. Two years later, Arsène
Lupin is published in book. The book "Arsene Lupin
against Herlock Sholmes", dissatisfied Conan Doyle, furious to
see its detective Sherlock Holmes ridiculed. Maurice
Leblanc took as a starting point the the anarchist Marius Jacob, who
made 150 burglings which were worth 23 years of bagne to him.
Agatha Christie, born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller (September 15, 1890
to January 12, 1976), then, after her two marriages, Agatha Christie
and Lady Agatha Mallowan, also known under the name of Lady Agatha
Christie, was a British writer, author of many detective novels.
She is known for her heroes Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple, two
detectives, one professional, the other amateur, appearing in several
of her stories, without forgetting Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.
She wrote also several novels under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott.
Agatha Christie is one of the most known writers in the world, in the
direction where the number of the translations is raised, more than
one hundred of languages, and pullings were of importance to say
probably more than 100 million specimens. Although this
type of estimate is not easy, some regard Agatha Christie as the
second most read author history of humanity, behind William
Shakespeare, in any case among Anglo-Saxons.
Agatha Christie published more than 80 novels, collections of news
and plays. A great part of them proceeds in camera,
which makes it possible to the reader to try to guess the culprit
before the end of the story. Agatha Christie is an
important author in the sector of the detective novels, whether it is
from a commercial point of view or innovation. Indeed,
even if she did not hesitate to deviate from the usual ways, she
tried to give to the reader the maximum of information so that he can
solve the enigma. One of its first novels, "The
Murder of Roger Ackroyd", is known for its surprising outcome.
Martha Grimes (born in 1931) is an American novelist, famous for his
detective novels putting in scene the police chief Richard Jury of
Scotland Yard. Born on May 2, 1931 in Pittsburg, Martha
Grimes obtained her diploma for the occupation of Doctor in letters
at the university of Maryland. She then followed lessons
on the university of Iowa (Iowa), on the university of Frostburg
(Maryland) and in Montgomery College (Maryland). She
taught English before her novels had success and allowed her to live
of her writing.
Martha Grimes is known for his detective novels putting in scene the
police chief Richard Jury (born in 1940), police chief of Scotland
Yard and his friend Melrose Plant a British aristocrat who gave up
his titles. The principal places of the novels are the
United States of America as well as England, and in particular
(Scotland Yard, obliges) London.
In 1983, her novel the The Anodyne Necklace gained the price of the
Man to the Nero Wolfe Award rewarding the best detective novel
decreed by the admirors for the series the man with the orchis.