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Fiction Fiction: New Takes on Literary Greats
Sherlock Holmes, Elizabeth Bennet, Hercule Poirot… Some literary characters have taken on a life of their own, reimagined by contemporary novelists and in TV shows such as Dickensian and Penny Dreadful. What are the pleasures and pitfalls of recreating a beloved fictional character? How far can and should you stray from the original work? And why do some characters lend themselves so well to reinvention? Acclaimed historical writers Imogen Robertson, Lynn Shepherd, Sophie Hannah and Jo Baker discuss this popular and fascinating trend from their own personal experience.