Misery (Paperback)
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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 07/07/2011
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King's Classic bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his Number One Fan.

Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon has just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery has made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wants to get on to some real writing.

That's when the car accident happens, and he wakes up in pain in a strange bed. But it isn't hospital. Annie Wilkes has pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.

The good news is that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news is that she has long been Paul's Number One Fan. And when she finds out what Paul had done to Misery, she doesn't like it. She doesn't like it at all.

Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he's writing to stay alive.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781444720716
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 267 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 23 mm


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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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“A good one”

A fantastic book with some very iconic moments. Paul Sheldon was a very interesting and, at times, funny character. Belongs in King's top ten novels to date.

Paperback edition
21st April 2013
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“Action-packed scarethon!”

This book was difficult to read, but only because I had my hands over my eyes for a good portion of it. King is very adept at writing a pacy, scary tale and this did not disappoint. Recommended, but not at bedtime.

Paperback edition
25th November 2013
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“Classic King doing what he does best.”

A writer has an accident and is rescued by his biggest fan who demands he write a story for her. This is one of King's best novels, in which he creates one of his scariest villains.
Iconic, tense and horrifying,... More

Paperback edition
2nd July 2013
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