Lucy Daniel

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The Gap of Time: The Winter’s Tale Retold

By Jeanette Winterson

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Jeanette Winterson’s retelling of The Winter’s Tale is the first in a series of novels from the Hogarth Press to be published around the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death. Next year will bring Anne Tyler’s Taming of the Shrew and Margaret Atwood’s Tempest, and further ahead there are versions of Hamlet by Gillian Flynn and King Lear by Edward St Aubyn, among other tantalising reimaginings.

It’s thirty years since Winterson first wrote about her own ‘foundling’ status in her novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,

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