After having lunch with some French friends at the campus museum a week ago, and talking about Houellebecq's Submission, I decided I should read it. Well written, if you like language stripped to the bare bones, with a plot that gets less and less believable as the novel progresses, provocative. I'm glad I've read it, but I don't think that it is very good.
Also thought I should read another Ian McEwan book, so borrowed the latest (I think), called The Children Act. Not great either, though he's clearly got his eye on greatness. Which has been my impression of all the previous books I've read. But it is easy to read, with a plot that is interesting enough to keep you going, especially as he tends to write short, almost novella-length (aside from the awful Atonement).
It sent me to my big map of London to locate Gray's Inn and to wish I knew London's neighbourhoods better.