Guardian Review of The Crime Writer

Guardian Review of The Crime Writer

Dawson can be applauded for her passionate immersion in her subject, and for creating a novel as dark and odd as the subject herself. In an era that favours dark suspense and unhealthy passions, a novel about Patricia Highsmith could hardly be more timely. Published a few months after the release of the acclaimed Highsmith adaptation Carol, Jill Dawson’s The… Continue reading…

The Crime Writer – online reaction

The Crime Writer – online reaction

I was initially aware of Patricia Highsmith, as most non-fans probably are, as the author of The Talented Mr Ripley – and that only because I’d seen the film, not read the book. Then a couple of years ago I read Deep Water for an online book club and was instantly hooked…and astounded. How had I not realised what… Continue reading…

Sunday Express review of The Crime Writer

Sunday Express review of The Crime Writer

Pat is a haunted woman. “Something pursued her. Dreams – phantoms – woke her in the small hours, driving her from her bed to walk in the darkness of the strange English village.” Sequestered in Earl Soham, drinking too much whisky and brooding over her relationship with cool, elegant but married Sam, Pat is starting… Continue reading…

The Crime Writer – Spectator review

The Crime Writer – Spectator review

Patricia Highsmith was an accretion of oddities — a woman who doted on her pet snails and carried a selection of them in her handbag, who abandoned her native America for a restless life in Europe, and who turned a habitual paranoia into literature. Now, 20 years after her death, her reputation has been substantially… Continue reading…

The Crime Writer – Daily Mail review

The Crime Writer – Daily Mail review

Dawson often draws on real people for inspiration in her novels, and this one is no exception. Here, she takes the fascinating character of the legendary crime novelist Patricia Highsmith as both a subject for biographical scrutiny and the protagonist of an imagined story, in which Highsmith crosses the line between writing about murderers and… Continue reading…

Jill Dawson wins Harper’s Bazaar short story prize

Jill Dawson wins Harper’s Bazaar short story prize

A panel of judges including Bloomsbury’s editorial director for fiction Helen Garnons-Williams, Sarah Chalfant of the Wylie Agency,the author Polly Samson and Bazaar’s columnist Sam Baker voted unanimously to award joint first prize in the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition to Fatima Bhutto and Jill Dawson. Dawson’s story can be read in the May edition… Continue reading…