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The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women by James Ellroy
  

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women

Biography / Autobiography   

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A candid and sometimes shocking memoir from one of the greatest thriller writers of the last century. Ellroy's obsessive relationship with his mother is laid bare giving us a fascinating insight in tot he mind of the author and the past that has influenced all his writing.

In 2011 James Ellroy was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters by France's culture minister Frederic Mitterand. Mitterand described Ellroy as "the master of dark dreams" and called him "one of the most prominent names in modern literature".

Ellroy's editor at William Heinemann, Jason Arthur, said: "If the purpose of this honour is to recognise a significant contribution to literature, then it is richly deserved. It reaffirms my belief that his writing truly transcends genre and easy labels—James is quite simply one of the best novelists writing today."

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Synopsis

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women by James Ellroy

America's greatest living crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir - as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels - about his obsessive search for 'atonement in women'. The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted for his mother and 'summoned her dead'. She was murdered three months later. The Hilliker Curse is a predator's confession, a treatise on guilt and the power of malediction, and above all a cri de cuur. Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her. A layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest, The Hilliker Curse is a brilliant, soul-baring revelation of self. It is unlike any memoir you have ever read.


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A remarkable memoir...Hugely enjoyable. The Economist We turn the pages gripped with a rubbernecker's fascination...It is ugly, beautiful, reprehensible and moving. In other words, a hard book to forget. Irish Times High-octane...A breathless piece of writing...When it comes to pinning down the most startling possible word collision, Ellroy's acrobatic pizzazz is beyond doubt...This is literary knife-throwing at its most exhilarating and dangerous...An impassioned love letter written by a man who does at least sincerely believe he has now found The One. -- Julie Myerson Guardian A painfully honest book, written in Ellroy's usual blunt, breathless but often starkly beautiful prose...A monument to the author as compassionate lover, intellectual giant, creative powerhouse and emotional truthteller. It's a marvellous read, sly, self-mocking and filled with troubling insight. Time Out James Ellroy's crime novels have been much acclaimed for their dark plots, tough prose and generally bleak view of the world. Now that he's brought those same qualities to bear on a history of relationships with women, the result, inevitably, is not for the faint-hearted...Ellroy writes with such swagger and certainty that it's hard not to be swept along. He also - let's face it - has quite a tale to tell. Daily Mail


About the Author

James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed LA Quartet, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz, as well as the first two parts of his Underworld USA trilogy, American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand which were both Sunday Times bestsellers.

In 2011 James Ellroy was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters by France's culture minister Frederic Mitterand. Mitterand described Ellroy as "the master of dark dreams" and called him "one of the most prominent names in modern literature".

Ellroy's editor at William Heinemann, Jason Arthur, said: "If the purpose of this honour is to recognise a significant contribution to literature, then it is richly deserved. It reaffirms my belief that his writing truly transcends genre and easy labels—James is quite simply one of the best novelists writing today."

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Publication date

9th September 2010

Author

James Ellroy

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Publisher

William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography

Memoirs
Autobiography: literary

ISBN

9780434020645

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