Melanie McGrath
Writer, Freelance

Melanie McGrath writes narrative nonfiction and crime novels. She is the author of the crime bestseller Give Me the Child (2017) and her most recent book is The Guilty Party (2019). She lives in London.

Written by Melanie McGrath

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Essay/
Social psychology
Good Samaritans after all

It’s a truism of social psychology that witnesses are less likely to intervene if other onlookers are present. Not so

Melanie McGrath

Karla Homolka leaving court June 30, 1993. Photo by Peter Power/Toronto Star/Getty

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Gender
Murder she wrought

Female thrill-killers are rare in crime fiction. Why is it hard to imagine a woman who murders for pleasure not revenge?

Melanie McGrath

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Sleep and dreams
Stories in the night

Insomnia brings many gifts — the noises of the night, the twist of narrative, and a stolen march on time

Melanie McGrath

Mayagna Indians during a ceremony to receive legal title to their traditional lands in 2005 Photo by Esteban Felix/AP/PA

Essay/
Biography and memoir
On the hard red road

As a road cuts into their rainforest home, the Mayagna people consider how much modernity they really want

Melanie McGrath