In the Footsteps of Dickens

Alexander McCall Smith is following in the footsteps of Dickens, Thackeray and many more classic authors by serialising his novel  Corduroy Mansions on the Daily Telegraph culture pages. The serialisation began on September 15 and will appear each weekday for 20 weeks until February 13. You can get your free daily dose by email , RSS feed or podcast or just visit the website and read or listen to the novel episode by episode.

Andrew Sachs, best known as Manuel in Fawlty Towers, is the reader.

McCall Smith has had huge success with a several series of novels – the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,  44 Scotland Street, Sunday Philosophy and Von Igelfield.  Corduroy Mansions will be available in book and audiobook form in 2009.

Looking around for other authors who have ventured into serialisation I came across Wilkie Collins The Moonstone and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Stephen King wrote The Green Mile and The Dark Tower as series and also The Plant and Michael Faber allowed the Guardian to serialize The Crimson Petal and the White.