The professional voyeur
An award-winning biographer explores the value of excavating other people's lives, and the freedom that he has found in writing fiction.
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Andrew Wilson is a novelist, biographer and journalist. His books include biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath, Alexander McQueen, Harold Robbins and a group biography of the survivors of the Titanic. His first novel, The Lying Tongue, was published in 2007. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Tatler, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and the Washington Post. He has been shortlisted for the Jelf First Novel Award (2007) for 'The Lying Tongue'. He won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Biography (2004) and also the LAMBDA Literary Award (2003) for his biography on Patricia Highsmith, 'Beautiful Shadow'. He was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Prize (2003) for the same book.