The Moonstone: The Original ‘Grip Lit’ Thriller

Back in 1868, Wilkie Collins gifted the world a book that helped usher in the genre of detective fiction. Since then, crime fiction has flourished. We’re in the grip, so to speak, of the ‘girl’ phenomenon, when psychological thrillers, often written by women and set in the domestic sphere, are lighting up the bestseller lists. So it was fun to return to Collins’ The Moonstone and consider it from a modern perspective. The BBC have produced a new adaptation of the classic tale as part of their #LoveToRead campaign. You can listen back to my take on the book on RTÉ’s Arena here.