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The Writing Life: Creating characters
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Frayn, Michael, Hensher, Philip, James, P.D., Lively, Penelope, Mantel, Hilary, Rankin, Ian
In this selection of extracts novelists describe how they create characters. Where do characters come from and how are they constructed? How is the structure of a novel arrived at? What is the relationship between character and structure. Speakers (in order of appearance): Hilary Mantel, Philip Hensher, Michael Frayn, P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Penelope Lively.
This is a compilation of short extracts from life story oral history interview recorded by National Life Stories for the Authors' Lives project. They were published on a CD 'The Writing Life' and the individual tracks have been grouped together into themed clusters.