Given Houellebecq's remarkable success, it sometimes seems as though everyone – and certainly everyone within academic French Studies – has read his work and has something to say about it. The following is an attempt at an exhaustive list of those people with whom I have had fruitful conversations about Houellebecq during the preparation of this book. I extend my apologies to anyone who has been inadvertently omitted.
Jerry Ahearne, Emma Campbell, Emma Chung, Martin Crowley, Ruth Cruickshank, Oliver Davis, Lisa Downing, David Evans, Maud Granger Remy, Delphine Grass, Fiona Handyside, Leslie Hill, Christina Horvath, Áine Larkin, Louise Lyle, Siân Miles, Gilbert Morrey, Margaret Ozierski, Floriane Place-Verghnes, Murray Pratt, Keith Reader, Martin Robitaille, Nicholas Saul, Max Silverman, Larry Schehr, Anna Sloan, Rachel Smith, Oliver Speck, Carole Sweeney, Helen Vassallo, Bruno Viard.
I am grateful to the following publishers for permission to quote from works by Houellebecq:
Maurice Nadeau for Extension du domaine de la lutte;
Flammarion for Les Particules élémentaires, Poésies, Plateforme and La Carte et le territoire;
Librairie Artheme Fayard for La Possibility d'une ile;
Profile Books (Serpent's Tail) for Whatever;
Random House for Atomised, Platform and The Map and the Territory.