Georges Perec (1936-82), author of the novel Life- A User’s Manual, was one of the most surprising and enjoyable of all modern French writers. The pieces in this volume show him to be at times playful, more serious at others, but always with the lightest of touches. He had the keenest of eyes for the infra-ordinary , the things we do everyday - eating, sleeping, working - and the places we do them in without giving them a moment’s thought. But behind the lightness and humour, there is also the sadness of a French Jewish boy who lost his parents in the Second World War and found comfort in the material world around him, and above all in writing.This volume contains a selection of Georges Perec’s non-fiction works, along with a charming short story. It includes notes and an introduction describing Perec’s life and career.