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The Collector

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Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099470470
  • 9780099470472
  • 5,736

Review quote

"He has a magnificent narrative gift...brilliant" * Independent * "A brilliant, unusual theme... Short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones" * Sunday Times *show more

About John Fowles

John Fowles was born in England in 1926 and educated at Bedford School and Oxford University. John Fowles won international recognition with his first published title, The Collector (1963). He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works. John Fowles died in 2005.show more

Back cover copy

'Brilliant...an artist of great imaginative power' Sunday Times Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom. See also: The French Lieutenant's Womanshow more

Review Text

"He has a magnificent narrative gift...brilliant"show more

Rating details

35,339 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 33% (11,727)
4 40% (14,104)
3 21% (7,399)
2 5% (1,634)
1 1% (475)

Our customer reviews

Chilled me to the bone in some parts - and I felt genuinely sorry for Miranda in the beginning. However once it switches to her perspective halfway through the novel (an interesting narration method), I started to empathise with Fred instead, which plays with your mind (like a good book should) and stays with your thoughts long after. This is still one of my favourite ever novels.show more
by Alison
I discovered this book through the 'staff picks' shelf in a bookshop and I really enjoyed it. A chilling story, yet not gory, I couldn't put it down!show more
by C.D.
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