I’m really excited to read Julia Gray’s debut The Otherlife, published by Andersen Press, so it’s fabulous to have her on the site today talking about her favourite literary antiheroes!
There is nothing I love more than a morally ambiguous narrator, or a main character for whom mischief is more compelling than manners. It probably has something to do with the fact that I was an exceptionally well-behaved child – reading about the exploits of those who were unafraid to be bad sometimes was a kind of diverting escapism. The ‘sometimes’ is key: antiheroes are not villains. They are not straightforwardly evil. Perhaps they plan to be good, until something distracts them. Perhaps it is just that the line between right and wrong is harder for them to perceive. Or perhaps they just choose to ignore it. In creating my character Hobie Duvalle for The Otherlife I thought about many different antiheroes from books that I enjoy. Here are five of my favourites.
William Brown from Just Willi...
The Glass Sentence by S.E.Grove
The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell