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The Collector by John Fowles

cream cover with a purple butterfly with a pin through it

There are tangents aplenty in this latest DBC episode.

We talk class, creativity and relationships as we discuss Fowles’s debut novel. We thought this was a masterful depiction of young middle class art student Miranda held captive by butterfly-collecting, pools-winning sociopath, Frederick.

The Collector is especially apt for lockdown and we urge you to get your hands on it!

As always, we swear, bitch about class, discuss the very sparse Amazon offering of one-star reviews.

If that sounds like your bag, have a listen now!

Publisher’s Blurb

Discover John Fowles’ compelling classic first novel ‘Short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones’ Sunday Times

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs.

He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, art student Miranda. Coming into unexpected money, 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 understand her captor if she is to gain her freedom…

Read the book, listen to the podcast, and tell us what you think.

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