Every other year, when the Nobel prize in literature is awarded, I am reminded that I took the focus of my British and North American literature degree too serious. Every other year the prize goes to an author I haven’t read (yet.) This year it is French writer Patrick Modiano, not well known outside of France. The comittee seems to like writers who are reclusive, not in the media’s focus. I wanted to make a quip about the Nobel prize refinancing itself by betting on (and then choosing) comparatively obscure writers, but Modiano was number four on Ladbroke’s list. A “new” author to discover – always a great opportunity..