Shakespeare’s works have been performed, read, and loved throughout the world. They have been reinterpreted for each new generation, whether as teen films, musicals, science-fiction flicks, Japanese warrior tales, or literary transformations. The Hogarth Shakespeare project sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today. The series launched in October 2015. We have listed below those books currently published or due to be published up to 2018.
A Winter's Tale
Jeanette Winterson, The Gap of Time, Paperback. 23rd June 2016
'I saw the strangest sight tonight.' New Bohemia. America. A storm.
A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home. London.
England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife.
Is the newborn baby even his? New Bohemia. 17 years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from.
Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where Time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will either end in tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.
The Taming of the Shrew
Anne Tyler, Vinegar Girl, Paperback. 9th March 2017
The hilarious new novel from the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread "A thoroughly modern love story." (Guardian, Books of the Year Kate Battista is stuck). How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and infuriating younger sister Bunny? Dr Battista has other problems. His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported.
And without Pyotr, his new scientific breakthrough will fall through...When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Will Kate be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's brilliant retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as surprising as Kate herself.
The Merchant of Venice
Howard Jacobsen, Shylock is My Name, Paperback 4th August 2016
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 ...
Margaret Atwood, Hagseed, Hardback 6th October 2016 (Paperback out 03/08/2017)
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017. Selected as a Book of the Year - Observer, Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, i magazine. Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival.
His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation.
It will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda.
Also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?
Tracy Chevalier, New Boy, Hardback. 11th May 2017
She noticed him before anyone else...Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.
The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970's suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four 11-year-olds - Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant 'girlfriend' Mimi - Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.
Edward St Aubyn, Dunbar, Hardback. 5th October 2017
'I really did have an empire, you know,' said Dunbar. 'Have I ever told you the story of how it was stolen from me?'
Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdom of past decisions...
Now imprisoned in a care home in the Lake District with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape.
As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate?
Jo Nesbo, Macbeth, Hardback. 6th April 2018
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