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The Novelist's Complicity

Zia Haider Rahman reflects on how great television is taking over the space once occupied by novels.

"Great television is taking over the space occupied by many novels", writes Zia Haider Rahman "and taking with it many excellent writers".

He says that many novels have already moved in the direction of the televisual - written with an eye to a film or TV adaptation.

"If novelists are relinquishing the very things that are exclusively the province of the novel", he writes, "then they are complicit in the demise of the novel".

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Presenter Zia Haider Rahman
Producer Adele Armstrong


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