The Journalist And The Murderer

Janet Malcolm

Published: 4 January 2018
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781783784547

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Published: 7 June 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781847085344

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'Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible'

In equal measure famous and infamous, Janet Malcolm's book charts the true story of a lawsuit between Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, and Joe McGinniss, the author of a book about the crime. Lauded as one of the Modern Libraries "100 Best Works of Nonfiction", The Journalist and the Murderer is fascinating and controversial, a contemporary classic of reportage.

About the author

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Janet Malcolm's books include Reading Chekhov, In the Freud Archives, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, The Journalist and the Murderer and Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession. Born in Prague, she grew up in New York, where she now lives. More about the author


‘A spare and unsparing account of tragicomic human folly’



‘A timely reissue for Janet Malcolm's 1990 classic, which caused a storm when it was first published for its uncompromising analysis of the ethics - and otherwise - within the slippery relationship between a journalist and her subject’ Claire Allfree

‘It is often overlooked how good a reporter Malcolm is, fearless in her questioning, ruthless in her pursuit of every last witness. The Journalist and the Murderer is a lesson in not courting your subject too much’

‘Malcolm's seminal 1990 work about the ethics of journalism is at once reportage, a scrutinising look at the practice and a cautionary tale of personal manipulation and betrayal’

‘One of the best journalists writing in English anywhere’

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