Wilkie Collins

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Where to start with: Wilkie Collins
Born on 8 January 200 years ago, the Victorian writer is best known for his mystery novels The Woman in White and The Moonstone. But with more than 30 books to choose from, here are some good places to begin

Elly Griffiths

08, Jan, 2024 @3:28 PM

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Elly Griffiths: ‘If I love a book I read it multiple times’
The crime writer on embracing politics in her teens, discovering the thrill of George Eliot, and learning from Wilkie Collins

Elly Griffiths

14, Jul, 2023 @9:00 AM

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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 MacGuffinest MacGuffin of them all': what do you think of The Moonstone's ending?
We’re in spoiler territory here – but Wilkie Collins’ bizarre grand finale is both ludicrous and wonderful

Sam Jordison

21, Aug, 2018 @2:58 PM

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How Wilkie Collins found sensation in ordinary life
The Moonstone certainly has elements of breathless storytelling, but some of its thrills derive from the precision of its down-to-earth details

Sam Jordison

14, Aug, 2018 @12:22 PM

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Serial chiller: Wilkie Collins, master of the cliffhanger
When it was first published 150 years ago, The Moonstone came out in weekly instalments. Read as a novel today, Collins’ page-turner has lost none of its power

Sam Jordison

07, Aug, 2018 @3:16 PM

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Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone is our reading group choice for August
Dorothy L Sayers called it ‘probably the very finest detective story ever written’ – so get cracking early on this substantial Victorian sensation

Sam Jordison

24, Jul, 2018 @10:37 AM

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Screened out: why TV and film glam up plain women in books
Marian in The Woman in White is written with a moustache – which vanished in the new TV version, just like the imperfections of many literary characters on camera

Kaite Welsh

09, May, 2018 @1:15 PM

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Top writers choose their perfect crime
Crime fiction is now the UK’s bestselling genre. So which crime novels should everyone read? We asked the writers who know ...

28, Apr, 2018 @7:00 AM

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The Woman in White review – the Victorian classic updated for the #MeToo era
This latest Wilkie Collins adaptation strikes a very modern note while hanging on to the original’s gothic creepiness

Sam Wollaston

22, Apr, 2018 @9:00 PM

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TV’s new Victorian melodrama carries a #MeToo message
The BBC’s Sunday serial, The Woman in White, could not be more timely, say its creators

Sarah Hughes

15, Apr, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Book clinic: recommended literary page-turners
This week, our expert suggests a selection of books to rekindle the joy of reading in even the most battle-hardened litterateur

Nicci Gerrard

04, Feb, 2018 @12:00 PM

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