Adam ThrilwellAlan Hollinghurst, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Shazia Omar in conversation with Sunil Sethi

 

When challenged about alleged inaccuracies in The Three Musketeers, Dumas replied: “True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring.” How do you write a novel set in a period of history which ended long before you were born? How far can you let your imagination run or is accuracy all? Adam Thirlwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Shazia Omar discuss the genre with Sunil Sethi