Alex Michaelides' debut, The Silent Patient, was subject to auctions and pre-empts in a world-record breaking number of territories, and has gone on to the be the world's bestselling debut in 2019. It went straight into no.1 on the NYT bestseller list, and has remained in the top 10 for over a year. It has been a top 10 hit in many countries all over the world. It has been shortlisted for the Best Crime and Thriller at the 2020 British Book Awards. His next book will be published in 2021.
It was also the bestselling US HB debut of the 2019, a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller for seven weeks, a no.1 New York Times bestseller, and Amazon no.1 bestseller. It has so far spent 38 weeks in the NYT bestseller chart. It’s a UK record breaker - no UK debut has ever gone straight into no.1 in the US or spent so long in the US charts. It was the biggest HB debut thriller of the year in the UK and it has become a true global bestseller, going top ten in Norway, Poland, Greece, Israel, Finland, Russia, Italy, Romania, Australia, India, Ireland, South Africa, Brazil…
It was a Richard and Judy pick and a Times Book of the Month. It was voted Goodreads Best Crime and Thriller of the Year. An Amazon.com top 10 book of the year and their no.1 thriller of the year. Shortlisted for a Barry for best debut and Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. Bookbub top 10 thrillers of the decade.
Alex studied psychotherapy for three years, and worked for two years at a secure unit for young adults – all of which provided material and inspiration for the book. He is also a screenwriter.