Wednesday 17 February 2021 | 7:00pm

Book Club: The Crime Writer

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | 7:00pm

Book Club: The Crime Writer

£5.00 - Single event ticket
Celebrating the centenary of Patricia Highsmith's birth and launching our Book Club, Alex Clark talks to Jill Dawson about her psychological thriller, The Crime Writer, which fictionalises an episode in the life of Patricia Highsmith. 

This event is the first in our online Book Club series, in which we’ll be delving between the covers to examine the merits of a carefully chosen and remarkable book. You are invited to join in, as host Alex Clark settles down with a writer or fellow book lover for an entertaining evening of sparkling chat. If possible, do read the book in advance for maximum enjoyment.

Acclaimed novelist Jill Dawson joins us in conversation with Alex Clark for our first ever Book Club to discuss her psychological thriller, The Crime Writer, which explores the life of Patricia Highsmith. 

2021 marks one hundred years since the birth of Highsmith, prolific author of five novels featuring the character Tom Ripely, Strangers on a Train, which was adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock, and the enthralling lesbian novel Carol. Writing a huge collection of work across an astonishing six decades, Highsmith’s work is marked by strange infatuations, forbidden desires, and a keen talent for the art of suspense. 

Jill Dawson’s The Crime Writer, which has been described as having Highsmith’s ‘slippery territory between reality and fantasy’ at its heart, provides a sharp character study of this enigmatic writer. Alex Clark, writer and broadcaster, will get to the root of what inspired Jill to write about this compelling and often problematic literary figure and what we can learn from her work, as well as putting your questions to the author. 

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Author Biography

Jill Dawson is the author of ten novels and editor of six anthologies of short stories and poetry. Her latest is The Language of Birds, the story of the nanny murdered in the Lord Lucan affair.

She has won an Eric Gregory award for poetry, East Anglian Book of the Year for her novel on Patricia Highsmith, The Crime Writer, a Richard and Judy recommendation for her novel on the poet Rupert Brooke, The Great Lover, a Fiction Uncovered prize for her novel Lucky Bunny,  a Folio nomination for The Tell Tale Heart and been twice nominated for the Women’s Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Award.