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Masterpieces reimagined and stories that give a literary hat-tip to their predecessors.

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.

  • Nathan Makaryk's debut novel is a gripping historical epic - full of action, intrigue and adventure - and a fascinating retelling of the Robin Hood legend.

  • The greatest war story in literature, retold by our greatest living storyteller on war - in the voice of the forgotten woman who lived through it.

  • 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.

  • Now a major motion picture starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.

  • A radical love story for right now, from 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times)

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