All items: Truman Capote

The suburbs have often been dismissed as dull, but for Charles Jennings, they are a source of inspiration, offering a calm and neutral space in which his imagination can run wild.
Victorian writers of sensation novels knew that nothing scared readers more than destabilising the everyday – especially the home. Kate Colquhoun asks why we delight in brutal stories wrapped in familiar settings from Wilkie Collins to Truman Capote. What happens when the brutality is transposed to real life, to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the murders committed by Anders Breivik?