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Hannibal Lecter – psychiatrist, psychopath, purveyor of ghastly canapés – is an ambiguous presence in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (1981) and its sequels. Rarely the outright villain, he tends to play the role of a genteel monster with whom the reader is, scandalously, invited to sympathise.

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Proof that you can still be cool at 50.

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Slight, but it's perfectly formed

Curiosities of Literature, By John Sutherland

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