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Misery Paperback – 7 Jul 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473662079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473662070
  • ASIN: 1444720716
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This terrifying story of imprisonment by a demented fan is one of the greatest thrillers ever written (James Smythe)

Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat (Guardian)

King's new novel, about a writer held hostage by his self-proclaimed "number-one fan,'' is unadulteratedly terrifying. Paul Sheldon, a writer of historical romances, is in a car accident; rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, he slowly realizes that salvation can be worse than death. Sheldon has killed off Misery Chastain, the popular protagonist of his Misery series and Annie, who has a murderous past, wants her back. Keeping the paralyzed Sheldon prisoner, she forces him to revive the character in a continuation of the series, and she reads each page as it comes out of the typewriter; there is a joyously Dickensian novel within a novel here, and it appears in faded typescript. Studded among the frightening moments are sparkling reflections on the writer and his audience, on the difficulties, joys and responsibilities of being a storyteller, on the nature of the muse, on the differences between "serious'' and "popular'' writing. Sheldon is a revealingly autobiographical figure; Annie is not merely a monster but is subtly and often touchingly portrayed, allowing hostage and keeper a believable, if twisted, relationship. The best parts of this novel demand that we take King seriously as a writer with a deeply felt understanding of human psychology. (Publishers Weekly)

A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel (Sunday Times)

One of the great storytellers of our time (Guardian)

'America's greatest living novelist' (Lee Child)

'[A] genius for storytelling' (Daily Mirror)

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King's Classic bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his Number One Fan

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