The Collector

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Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs.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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099470470
  • 9780099470472
  • 884

Review Text

"No book will make you appreciate the great outdoors more than this creepy locked-room horror story"
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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 * " 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 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.
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Rating details

37,747 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 33% (12,589)
4 40% (15,040)
3 21% (7,851)
2 5% (1,761)
1 1% (506)

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 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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