13 Novels That Re-imagine the Classics

Taking inspiration from the greats

Classic works of literature have been inspiring other writers for centuries. Sometimes the connection is obvious--the original story taken almost directly and transplanted to another place or time, but given the author's own stamp. But sometimes authors merely use the original work as a subtle guide, crafting their own story so skillfully you don't necessarily even realise you've read this somewhere before.

The Penelopiad cover

1. The Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood
Tamara Drewe cover

2. Tamara Drewe

Posy Simmonds
Penelope's Web cover

6. Penelope's Web

Christopher Rush
When She Woke cover

7. When She Woke

Hilary Jordan
Mirror Mirror cover

8. Mirror Mirror

Gregory Maguire
On Beauty cover

9. On Beauty

Zadie Smith
Foe cover

11. Foe

JM Coetzee
Northanger Abbey cover

12. Northanger Abbey

Val McDermid

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Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust