Making it as a novelist outside London
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Novel ways to become a literary hit outside London

Award-winning novelists including David Lodge and Jonathan Coe have spoken about how writers can be a success outside London.

Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotters' Club, which was set in Birmingham during the 1970s, said he had been inspired by London-based writers including Charles Dickens to create his own "mythology" about the city where he was born.

The full story will be shown in Books That Made Britain, Birmingham: Factories to Middle Earth on Sunday, 16 October, 15:45 BST on BBC One and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

  • 14 Oct 2016