15 September 2015

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?

  • The Gap of Time

  • ‘A shining delight of a novel’
    New York Times

    'Clever and beautiful...it soars'
    Financial Times

    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 of The Winter’s Tale vibrates 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.

    ‘Emotionally wrought and profoundly intelligent... A supremely clever, compelling and emotionally affecting novel that deserves multiple readings to appreciate its many layers’
    Mail on Sunday

    'There are passages here so concisely beautiful they give you goosebumps'
    Observer

    'Pulsates with such authenticity and imaginative generosity that I defy you not to engage with it'
    Independent

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  • Shylock is My Name

    Hogarth Shakespeare

  • A re-envisaging of Shakespeare's The 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 ...

    Jacobson is quite simply a master of comic precision. He writes like a dreamEvening Standard

    'The funniest British novelist since Kingsley Amis or Tom Sharpe' Mail on Sunday

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