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.

Northanger Abbey cover

1. Northanger Abbey

Val McDermid
The Penelopiad cover

2. The Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

3. Bridget Jones's Diary

Helen Fielding
Tamara Drewe cover

4. Tamara Drewe

Posy Simmonds
When She Woke cover

9. When She Woke

Hilary Jordan
Mirror Mirror cover

10. Mirror Mirror

Gregory Maguire
On Beauty cover

11. On Beauty

Zadie Smith
Foe cover

13. Foe

JM Coetzee

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Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust