Jill Dawson is the author of Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was short-listed for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, and Lucky Bunny. She has edited six anthologies of short stories and poetry, and has written for numerous UK publications, including The Guardian, The Times, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and two sons.
"If, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this fictionalized account of author Patricia Highsmith's 1964 sojourn in Sussex is high-grade flattery indeed... Fans of The Price of Salt (the basis for the 2015 film Carol) will savor this phantasmagoria." -- Library Journal"Suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith finds herself caught in a real-life situation that seems to have sprung from the pages of one of her novels. It's a clever conceit, plunging an author into a scenario right out of her own queasy-making fiction, and it's adroitly handled, forcing Pat to live out her ideas of crime and guilt." -- Kirkus Reviews"[A] dreamlike, high-tension novel...Dawson smoothly marries fact with fiction to capture the famously prickly Highsmith while astutely exploring love, obsession, and the myriad shades of darkness within us all." -- Publishers Weekly"This novel is the real deal. Beautifully written and a must for all Highsmith fans." -- Phyllis Nagy, scriptwriter of the film Carol"It's brilliant." -- Paula Hawkins, Bestselling Author of The Girl on the TrainThe Crime Writer represents an astonishing act of literary ventriloquism, easily on a par with The Master, Colm Toibin's fine novel about Henry James. -- Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday"Ventriloquy is Dawson's forte . . . this fascinating, skillfully constructed novel builds a convincing picture of Patricia Highsmith " -- Andrew Taylor, Spectator"All great writers' biographies are less interesting than their work, but Patricia Highsmith gave hers a run for its money...[The Crime Writer is]sharp and absorbing, with brilliant imaginative flights and a fine sensitivity to its subject's thorny, wounded, uncanny mind." -- USA Today"You do not need to be a passionate Highsmith fan to admire this beautifully written and elegant novel, but I think it will particularly appeal to those who have read her books and know something about her life; they should recognise many of the allusions and ideas." -- Jessica Mann Literary Review"A beautifully crafted and utterly riveting blend of fact and fiction about a fascinating 20th-century figure." -- Carla McKay, Daily Mail"Dawson has drawn a witty, creepy plot as well as a convincing character sketch of a woman all too easy to caricature." -- Jake Kerridge, The Daily Telegraph"Dawson skillfully constructs a dark tale that Highsmith fans will love." -- Sunday Times"A dark tale of madness and murder, of obsession and delusion, that's worthy of Highsmith herself." -- Red Magazine"[An] impeccable portrait . . . a hugely compelling read, jam-packed full of tensions and psychological insight, all beautifully observed." -- Sunday Express (London)"An assured and visceral page-turner, as convincing as it is bold." -- Stephanie Cross Lady"An intoxicating, shadowy narrative . . . [Dawson's] version of events will delight Highsmith's fans." -- Crime Scene magazine"This novel is one wonderful long riff on Patricia Highsmith . . . Unsettling, sexy and gripping." -- Tim Pears"Fantastically moody and appealingly unhinged -- a piece of sophisticated literary ventriloquism that achieves a wonderful blurring of the lines between fact and fantasy." -- Sarah Waters, Guardian, Summer Reads
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