#onlinedating | Former intelligence officer Nicholas Searle on The Good Liar, his hidden identity and being compared to le Carré | #bumble | #tinder | #pof

It seems appropriate that I don’t know the real name of the man I am interviewing. The author known as “Nicholas Searle” made his (pen) name with his bestselling debut novel The Good Liar, a book about how and why somebody might go about creating a false identity.

It features an octogenarian con artist who calls himself Roy Courtnay and targets wealthy widows through online dating sites for the elderly. Now the book has been made into a splendid, darkly funny film directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen as “Roy” and Helen Mirren as Betty, his latest target. With his eyes set on her millions, he quickly secures himself a place as a permanent guest in her grand house use, to the disgust…

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