What makes a great novel? How is a novel woven together? How can we best appreciate works of fiction?
These videos form part of the popular Futurelearn course How To Read A Novel from The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
They will help you to discover four of the main building blocks of modern fiction: plot, characterisation, dialogue, and setting using examples from a range of texts including the four novels shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize in 2016. You’ll also explore the formal strategies authors use, how they came to be, and how they affect us as readers.
You can sign up for the full How to Read a Novel course on Futurelearn, or watch and download the videos here.