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Stealing from Shakespeare
Novelist Matt Haig talks about being an author, Brad Pitt and stealing from Shakespeare.
Novelist Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975 and grew up in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.
He has written five novels. One of which, The Last Family in England, could possibly be turned into a film.
Brad Pitt's production company Plan B have bought the rights to the book. Matt says:
Two of Matt's books are influenced by Shakespeare.
The Last Family in England is loosely based on Henry IV and The Dead Fathers Club has a very similar plot line to Hamlet, although it's set in Newark.
"If you're going to steal from someone go for Shakespeare... He can't sue me, it'll be fine!
"Actually, Shakespeare stole plots himself so I feel legitimate in doing that with Shakespeare."
Being a writer has its pressures as Matt admits.
"The trouble with money and being an author is it's so unpredictable. Being a writer adds that extra pressure because you're only as good as your last book."
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last updated: 16/05/2008 at 14:50