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From acclaimed novelist Jill Dawson comes this imaginative psychological thriller - a dark and compelling snapshot into the life of Patricia Highsmith that immerses readers into the intoxicating, nightmarish psyche of this brilliant, complex author. When novelist Patricia Highsmith moves into a small cottage in Suffolk, England, in the mid-1960s, she's seeking seclusion and time to write. There's another reason for seeking privacy too - Pat is involved in a secret romance with Sam, a married woman living in London.But even in this quaint village, Pat can't escape the obligations of her success. A young reporter, Virginia "Ginny" Smythson-Balby, sets her sights on Pat for an article she's writing. Ginny is both tenacious and oddly familiar, but Pat can't quite place where she's seen her before.



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Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson is the author of TRICK OF THE LIGHT, MAGPIE, FRED AND EDIE, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, WILD BOY, WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, THE GREAT LOVER, a Richard & Judy Summer Read and THE TELL TALE HEART, which was nominated for the Folio Prize. Her most recent novel, THE CRIME WRITER, was published by Sceptre in 2016. In addition she has edited six anthologies of short stories and poetry and won prizes for short stories.Born in Durham, Jill Dawson grew up in Yorkshire. She has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, where she taught on the MA in Creative Writing course. In 2006 she received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her work. She lives in the Fens with her husband, two sons and foster daughter, and runs Gold Dust a mentoring scheme for writers www.gold-dust.org.uk.



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