Patricia Highsmith

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A half-shaven head? A handbag of snails at a cocktail party? I just adore a true eccentric | Hannah Jane Parkinson
There is probably something in the idea that quirkiness or slightly odd behaviour might have a link with mental illness, neurodiversity or creative skill

Hannah Jane Parkinson

21, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith – review
When friends mean less than plots ... a flawed portrayal of the noir novelist as a figure bordering on the grotesque

Kathryn Hughes

22, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Patricia Highsmith: the ‘Jew-hater’ who took Jewish women as lovers
A biography of the author by Richard Bradford explores the paradox at the heart of her life

Richard Brooks

17, Jan, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Patricia Highsmith at 100: the best film adaptations
Shape-shifting Tom Ripley, ill-met strangers on a train… cinema’s love affair with Highsmith’s thrillers was immediate, and shows no signs of cooling off

Guy Lodge

16, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Top 10 most dislikable characters in fiction
From Tom Wolfe’s ‘master of the universe’ to George Eliot’s vengeful pedant, these are some of the hardest characters in literature to love

Louise Candlish

30, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Fake art, a fastidious psychopath and Banksy's rodent rampage – the week in art
Patricia Highsmith’s manipulative murderer, Michel Houellebecq’s bitter irony and Orhan Pamuk’s mysterious miniaturists feature in our roundup of the best art novels

Jonathan Jones

17, Apr, 2020 @3:18 PM

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Making a killing: what can novels teach us about getting away with murder?
From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn, readers love an untraceable method or a villain who wins. Author Peter Swanson says there are eight examples of the perfect murder

Peter Swanson

11, Mar, 2020 @1:39 PM

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Diaries expose ‘strong brew’ of Ripley novelist Patricia Highsmith’s dark thoughts
Controversial views of the late American writer to be revealed by publication of her private notebooks

Edward Helmore in New York

26, Oct, 2019 @4:01 PM

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The Guardian view on Dan Mallory: a twisted tale of publishing | Editorial
Editorial: The story of Dan Mallory, aka the bestselling author AJ Finn, reads like a thriller. But it asks uncomfortable questions of the literary world


08, Feb, 2019 @6:25 PM

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Atwood? Shakespeare? Harry Potter? Top 10 false identities in fiction
Characters in disguise are almost as frequent in books as in real life. From the boy wizard to the bard, here are some of the best

Simon Lelic

05, Sep, 2018 @11:57 AM

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The week in theatre: Switzerland; The Price; Aristocrats – review
Patricia Highsmith’s most famous creation comes back to haunt her, while the ghosts are closer to home in revivals of Miller and Friel

Susannah Clapp

19, Aug, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Switzerland review – Patricia Highsmith plots a playful murder
The writer gets a mystery visitor in Joanna Murray-Smith’s smartly self-referential salute to her riveting crime tales

Michael Billington

09, Aug, 2018 @10:00 PM

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