John Fowles

The Collector

‘The Collector’ was John Fowles’s brilliant first novel. It tells the story of Frederick, the strange and withdrawn ‘collector’ who, no longer content with butterflies, ‘collects’ art student Miranda - he is fixated on her - and keeps her captive in his Sussex house. Fowles’s compelling psychological study charts a battle of minds and wills which, in addition to its fascinating and terrifying account of a psychopath, lays open to display the powerful condition of attachment. ‘The Collector’ is a short, spare, direct and intelligently written thriller.

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