Patricia Highsmith

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Top 10 novels about toxic friendships | Charlotte Northedge
Complex attachments mixing intimacy and deception can decide whole lives, and have inspired novelists from William Thackeray to Elena Ferrante

Charlotte Northedge

16, Mar, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Deep Water review – erotic thriller loves Ben Affleck’s slack-jawed look
Hollow-faced Affleck becomes murderously obsessed with wife Ana de Armas’s infidelities in baffling return from Fatal Attraction’s Adrian Lyne

Peter Bradshaw

14, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Olivia Laing: ‘I’m sorry, but Jane Eyre is a horrendous little hysteric’
The British writer on discovering Barthes, channelling Burroughs and appreciating the talents of Patricia Highsmith’s Mr Ripley

Olivia Laing

25, Feb, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Diaries and Notebooks by Patricia Highsmith review – sex, booze and cold-blooded murders
These philosophical, sometimes grumpy journals, unearthed after the doyenne of suspense fiction’s death, shine a light on her dual identities, the contempt she felt for other people and her erotic misadventures

Peter Conrad

21, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Bed-hopping, martinis and self-loathing: inside Patricia Highsmith’s unpublished diaries
From her carefree 20s and countless affairs, to literary success and later-life bigotry and rancour, the author’s extraordinary diaries reveal a woman determined to chart her own course

Emma Brockes

13, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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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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