A break from Brexit this week: we talk to the novelist Richard T. Kelly, author of Crusaders and The Knives, about what makes great political fiction. We discuss the research needed to make a political novel authentic, how to get inside the head of a politician and we ask whether May or Trump would make good fictional heroes. Plus we pick some of our favourite political novels, with literary critic Kasia Boddy.
Don't worry: more Brexit soon!
How does a novelist know what it’s like to be a Conservative Home Secretary?
The best political novels often extend forward into dystopia but also backward into history to explain how you got to that outcome.
At their core, political novels are political because they deal with question of the legitimate and illegitimate use of force.
Books come and go because of things that happen in the world.
The Panel’s Favourite Political Novels:
Also on the TP Bookshelf:
And as ever, recommended reading curated by our friends at the LRB can be found here: