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Beyond Austen and Dickens


Television adaptation is a wonderful way of opening up literary history to the reading public in all its diversity. You’ll get Dickens, Tolstoy, Jane Austen and — so garlanded by now in TV adaptation terms that she joins their ranks — Hilary Mantel. You might get the odd better-known Brontë, if you’re lucky, and Hardy always goes down well. Then what?


Classic novel adaptations are a big British export - Dickens, Tolstoy, Jane Austen to name a few. But why can’t we show a touch more imagination about what to adapt?

Read Sam Leith's article in The Spectator