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A new BBC series, Faulks on Fiction (based on Faulks’ book, available from the BBC website), starts this Saturday (5th February) at 9pm on BBC2. Sebastian Faulks will be looking at the heroes of the British novel in early works such as Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and the snobs of British literature in Fleming’s James Bond. This series looks set to make a departure from the usual, and often dryly presented, author-obsessed critiques of literary works, instead focusing on the characters and worlds created by British writers.

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  • This series looks very interesting, I just wish there was a 50/50 mix of authors – ok so the series is not about the authors but out of 28 characters, only 6 were created by women, yup, 6:
    • Robinson Crusoe, 1719, Daniel Defoe
    • Tom Jones, 1749, Henry Fielding
    • Vanity Fair (Becky Sharp), 1847, William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Sherlock Holmes, 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • 1984 (Winston Smith), 1948, George Orwell
    • Lucky Jim (Jim Dixon), 1954, Kingsley Amis
    • Money (John Self), 1984, Martin Amis
    • Pride and Prejudice (Mr Darcy), 1813, Jane Austen
    • Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff), 1847, Emily Brontë
    • Tess of the D’Urbevilles, 1891, Thomas Hardy
    • Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Lady Chatterley), 1928, D.H. Lawrence
    • The End of the Affair (Maurice Bendrix), 1951, Graham Greene
    • The Golden Notebook (Anna Wulf), 1962, Doris Lessing
    • The Line of Beauty (Nick Guest), 2004, Alan Hollinghurst
    • Emma, 1815, Jane Austen
    • Diary of a Nobody (Mr Charles Pooter), 1892, George & Weedon Grossmith
    • Jeeves, 1915, P.G. Wodehouse
    • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1961, Muriel Spark
    • James Bond, 1953, Ian Fleming
    • Brick Lane (Chanu), 2003, Monica Ali
    • Great Expectations (Pip), 1860, Charles Dickens
    • Clarissa (Lovelace), 1748, Samuel Richardson
    • Oliver Twist (Fagin), 1838, Charles Dickens
    • A Woman in White (Count Fosco), 1859, Wilkie Collins
    • Gormenghast (Steerpike), 1950, Mervyn Peake
    • Lord of the Flies (Jack), 1954, William Golding
    • The Raj Quartet (Merrick), 1965, Paul Scott
    • Notes on a Scandal (Barbara Covett), 2003, Zoë Heller

  • It does seem quite heavily weighted on the masculine side doesn’t it? I recall Faulks saying “there are some women in there…” on the BBC Breakfast programme yesterday, which alluded to a slight bias. I haven’t yet read the book of the same title; it might be interesting to note the balance in there. I’ve always had an aversion to being told what a book’s ‘supposed’ to be about (with the exception of Orwell’s unbiased reviews), but Faulks’ lighthearted approach seems quite appealing.

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