Comedies, tragedies, histories, heroes’ journeys, rags to riches (or vice-versa) – examine anything you read and you’ll likely recognise elements of things you’ve encountered before. But a wonderful thing about literature is that even the same story retold can be so seductive you lose sight of any such tropes and get lost in the narrative, or character journeys, or language, or setting, or all of the above. Here are some books that wear delicate traces of their inspirations on their pages rather than their sleeves.
Written by Bram Stoker's great grand-nephew and a bestselling dark thriller writer, and authorized by the Stoker Estate, Dracul is the prequel to perhaps the most celebrated and terrifying horror story of them all . . .
An addictively suspenseful new novel set in the glamorous world of the New York Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that cannot be escaped.
The legend of The Iliad retold from the perspective of a woman: queen turned war prize, witness to history.
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice below stairs - the story of romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household. A Richard & Judy Book Club pick.
Jean Rhys's late masterpiece Wide Sargasso Sea was inspired by Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and is set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s.
Romeo and Juliet with zombies - a starry-eyed, sweetly comic story about the humanising power of love, even in the darkest of circumstances.