Alex Michaelides

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Alex Michaelides (born 1977)[1][2] is a bestselling British-Cypriot[3] author and screenwriter. His debut novel, the psychological thriller The Silent Patient, is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, with over a million copies sold.


Michaelides was born in Cyprus to a Cypriot father and English mother. He studied English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University.[2]

He studied psychotherapy for three years, and worked for two years at a secure unit for young adults. This work provided material and inspiration for his debut novel The Silent Patient.[4]


Michaelides' debut novel, The Silent Patient,[5] was the #1 New York Times Bestseller of Hardcover Fiction in its first week[6] and was the bestselling hardback debut in the US for 2019.[4] It was a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller for seven weeks.[4] On, it was the #2 most sold for 2019 in their list of Most Sold Books in fiction[7] and named as their number one thriller of 2019.[4] It also won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019,[8] was chosen as a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and as a Book of the Month in The Times.[4] It was shortlisted for a Barry for best debut and Barnes and Noble's Book of the Year.[4] Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, is developing The Silent Patient as a film.[9]

Michaelides' second novel, The Maidens, was published on 10 June 2021 by Orion Publishing (UK)[10] and on 15 June 2021 by Celadon Books (US).[11] It is a psychological detective story about a series of murders at a Cambridge college.[9] The novel debuted at number two on The New York Times fiction best-seller list for the week ending 19 June 2021.[12]

Michaelides also wrote the film The Devil You Know, starring Lena Olin, Rosamund Pike, and Jennifer Lawrence, and co-wrote The Con Is On, starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, and Sofia Vergara.



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  2. ^ a b "Alex Michaelides: The Cypriot author behind the New York Times bestseller". 23 July 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Acclaimed author Alex Michaelides shares his imaginary and real world with an Athenian audience". Athens Insider. 24 January 2020. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "michaelides-alex". RCW Literary Agency. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  5. ^ James, Caryn (30 January 2019). "'The Silent Patient' Is Already Making Noise". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Hardcover Fiction Books – Best Sellers – Feb. 23, 2019". The New York Times. 23 February 2019.
  7. ^ Reid, Calvin (5 December 2019). "'Crawdads,' 'Becoming' Top Amazon 2019 Lists". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Mystery & Thriller!". Goodreads. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Five questions for... Alex Michaelides | The Bookseller". Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  10. ^ "The Maidens by Alex Michaelides". Orion Books. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  11. ^ "The Maidens by Alex Michaelides". Celadon Books. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction - Best Sellers - Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2021.