The Journalist And The Murderer

Janet Malcolm

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

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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