Books by Andrew Wilson

A DIFFERENT KIND OF EVIL by Andrew Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2018

"The problem with casting a famous real-life mystery writer as your detective is that you can't help inviting comparisons between your work and hers. It's no shame to say that Wilson can't stand up to such a comparison, but it's no recommendation either."
Free at last of the scandal of her notorious 1926 disappearance—though not quite yet of her adulterous spouse—Agatha Christie sails for the Canary Islands at the behest of the secret agent who helped rescue her from those complications (A Talent for Murder, 2017). Read full book review >
A TALENT FOR MURDER by Andrew Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Not worth bothering with, even for die-hard fans of Dame Agatha."
Bestselling mystery writer Agatha Christie's real-life 1926 disappearance is reimagined as fiction by biographer Wilson (Alexander McQueen, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Wilson ably and unsparingly portrays the heady, competitive, solipsistic world that celebrated, and ultimately doomed, McQueen."
The astonishing creations and tormented life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Wilson is more insightful about Plath's personality than her writings, but this warts-and-all portrait has much valuable new material about her early years."
Sylvia Plath's (1932-1963) relationship with Ted Hughes "has taken on the resonance of a modern myth," writes biographer/journalist Wilson (Shadow of the Titanic, 2012, etc.), who argues that excessive focus on it "obscures many aspects of [her] life and work." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"Disasters change people. Wilson counts the ways, often effectively and affectingly."
A biographer joins others writers swimming in the centennial vortex of the Titanic, which sank on Apr. 14, 1912. Read full book review >
HAROLD ROBBINS by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Drivel about a driveler."
The superficial life of the superficial author of all those superficial, lubricious and extraordinarily popular sleaze-fests of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s, when ghost writers replaced the dying doyen of the "dirty novel." Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL SHADOW by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2003

"Perhaps no one 'can document a life in all its richness,' but Wilson has come close, getting at Highsmith from a number of angles and showing the splinters of identity in his subject that she herself found so captivating. (Two 8-page b&w photo inserts, not seen)"
A closely drawn portrait of the writer who "celebrated irrationality, chaos and emotional anarchy, and regarded the criminal as the perfect example of the twentieth-century existentialist hero." Read full book review >
THE UKRAINIANS by Andrew Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An exceptional history, the kind that supplies not pat answers but food for thought within a lush context of documented and mythological past. (Illustrations, not seen)"
A tightly reined yet sweeping introductory examination of Ukrainian identity and history. Read full book review >