Podcast: Hogarth Shakespeare with Jeanette Winterson and Howard Jacobson
To celebrate the launch of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, in which today’s best-loved authors create new novels based on the plays of Shakespeare, we have a podcast special with Jeanette Winterson and Howard Jacobson in conversation with Alex Clark. What drew them to the project, what made them choose the play they did, and what were the challenges of adapting the Bard? Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time is published on October 1st Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name will be published in February next year. http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/HogarthShakespeare/
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Jeanette Winterson – The Gap in Time
A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief.
Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn’t know a lot about who she is or where she’s come from – but she’s about to find out.
Jeanette Winterson’s cover version ofThe Winter’s Talevibrates with echoes of Shakespeare’s original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness, a story that shows that whatever is lost shall be found.
Howard Jacobson – Shylock Is My Name
A re-envisaging ofShakespeare’sThe Merchant of Venice,from the Man Booker Prize-winner and our great chronicler of Jewish life.
‘Who is this guy, Dad? What is he doing here?’
With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It’s the beginning of a remarkable friendship …
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