Updating The Man Who Was Thursday

February 1, 2016

As I noted in yesterday’s blog post, my current project is to re-imagine G.K. Chesterton’s extraordinary novel, The Man Who Was Thursday. I first read this book right after I graduated from college and completely fell in love with it. It’s a novel about detectives, anarchists, and secret societies. It has one of the all-time great plot twists, too.

Unfortunately, the writing in the book, as much as I love it, is somewhat dated. The background is also dated, as well. As I’ve thought about the book through the years I’ve kept thinking that a modern day version of the book would be so much fun to read, and as happens with writers, when you want to read something that hasn’t been written, you decide to just write it yourself.

So I’m writing The Man Who Was Thursday with a decidedly modern twist. I’ll be sticking as closely to the core plot as possible, but you can expect a lot of changes. Gabriel Syme is now Gabby Syme. The setting in early 1900s London is now a virtual world superimposed on the physical world. In fact, think of the book as The Man Who Was Thursday as seen through the prism of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

I’m excited about the book. It’s one of the great pleasures as a writer that you get to write the books that you’ve always wanted to read. This is a good example.

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