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The Collector

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY EVIE WYLD

'There is not a page in this first novel which does not prove that its author is a master storyteller' New York Times

Weird, withdrawn, and unloved, Fred is a young collector of butterflies. One day his eye alights on a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda, and an obsession starts to form. So when Fred wins some money he decides to use the money to compensate for his unfair start and to get what he really wants - Miranda. If she could only get to know him she might start to love him. And so with the meticulous attention to detail of an experienced collector he calmly plans her abduction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 244g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 9780099470472
  • 8,578

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A brilliant, unusual theme... Short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones
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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 * Brilliant...an artist of great imaginative power * Sunday Times * No book will make you appreciate the great outdoors more than this creepy locked-room horror story * Guardian * There is not a page in this first novel which does not prove that its author is a master storyteller * New York Times *
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About John Fowles

John Fowles (Author)
John Fowles was born in 1926. He won international recognition with The Collector, his first published title, in 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: The Aristos, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa, and A Maggot. John Fowles died in Lyme Regis in 2005. Two volumes of his Journals have recently been published; the first in 2003, the second in 2006.

Evie Wyld (Introducer)
Evie Wyld's debut novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, was shortlisted for the Impac Prize and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second, All the Birds, Singing, won the Miles Franklin Prize, the Encore Prize and the EU Prize for Literature, and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel awards. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, having previously been named by the BBC as one of the twelve best new British writers. She lives in Peckham.
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Rating details

66,952 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 33% (22,156)
4 40% (26,893)
3 20% (13,688)
2 5% (3,250)
1 1% (965)

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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