Literary Immortality Auction: Get bidding!
A unique literary auction offers bidders the chance to be immortalised as a character in an upcoming book by their favourite author.
Seventeen literary heavyweights including previous Man Booker winners Julian Barnes, Alan Hollinghurst, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan and Pat Barker, are donating a character in a future novel or short story to raise money for the UK medical charity Freedom from Torture.
The real-time episode of the auction will take place at The Royal Institute of Great Britain in London on November 20th.
Best-selling author Ian McEwan said:
"Forget the promises of the world's religions. This auction offers the genuine opportunity of an afterlife. More importantly, bidding in the Freedom from Torture auction will help support a crucial and noble cause. The rehabilitation of torture survivors cannot be accomplished without expertise, compassion, time - and your money."
Bidders will have the chance to name characters in novels by: Will Self, Sebastian Faulks, Zadie Smith, Tracy Chevalier, Martina Cole, Adam Mars-Jones, Ken Follett, Robert Harris, Kathy Lette, Adam Foulds, Joanna Trollope and Hanif Kureishi.
All of the participating authors have donated a character in a forthcoming work that will be named after auction winners.
Tracy Chevalier, author of the international best-seller The Girl with the Pearl Earring, said:
"I am holding open a place in my new novel for Mrs (ideally a Mrs) [your surname], a tough-talking landlady of a boarding house in 1850s Gold Rush-era San Francisco. The first thing she says to the hero is "No sick on my stairs. You vomit on my floors, you're out." Is your name up to that?"