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Telegraph review of THE CRIME WRITER

Telegraph review of THE CRIME WRITER

Jake Kerridge enjoys a novel that imagines  Patricia Highsmith had dabbled in crime herself Patricia Highsmith died more than 20 years ago, but Jill Dawson’s The Crime Writer is, surprisingly, the first novel to take as its subject that rebarbative, whisky-soaked genius, who liked to take her pet snails to parties in her handbag and… Continue reading…

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 – The Literary Review’s verdict

The Crime Writer – The Literary Review’s verdict

Having myself published a novel called The Mystery Writer, I felt a frisson of fellowship on receiving The Crime Writer, the more so on realising that Dawson’s book, like mine, mixes historical fact with fiction. The main character in Dawson’s book is based on the notoriously gay, notoriously sinister crime writer Patricia Highsmith. The action… 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…

TELL-TALE HEART nominated for Folio Prize

TELL-TALE HEART nominated for Folio Prize

Jill Dawson’s latest novel The Tell-tale Heart has been included as one of the 80 books nominated for the Folio Prize for works of fiction published in 2014. The award is judged by 235 writers and critics who select the best novels of the year. The Folio Prize Academy’s role in selecting these 80 books is integral… Continue reading…

Tell Tale Heart Spectator Book of the Year

Tell Tale Heart Spectator Book of the Year

  The Tell-Tale Heart is a Spectator Book of the Year, chosen by Sofka Zinovieff. ‘I’ve loved all Jill Dawson’s novels (especially Wild Boy) and The Tell-Tale Heart is another example of her powerful yet delicate, intelligent, haunting writing.’ Continue reading…

Tales from the Reading Room – review of Tell-Tale Heart

Tales from the Reading Room – review of Tell-Tale Heart

It just so happened that both Annabel and I had copies of Jill Dawson’s new novel, The Tell-Tale Heart, and by swiftness of reading and writing, Annabel’s was the review that made it into Shiny New Books. I’ve been saving up mine for the blog, though, as we both agreed it was one of the… Continue reading…