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Books like the Legacy

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madamehooch Sun 05-Jul-15 23:10:02

Really enjoying this Sky Arts drama at the moment and just wondered if anyone could recommend any books on a similar theme.

madamehooch Mon 06-Jul-15 10:24:41


DuchessofMalfi Mon 06-Jul-15 15:55:22

What is Legacy about? (Haven't got Sky any more). Might be able to help if I knew what sort of thing it is smile

madamehooch Mon 06-Jul-15 18:08:18

Danish drama about a family feuding over their inheritance after their artist mother dies.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 06-Jul-15 18:33:06

Is it big complex family dramas you're looking for? Have a few ideas there.

bethshart Mon 06-Jul-15 19:39:49

How about A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley which is based roughly on King Lear but in an American setting and is about a legacy?

bethshart Mon 06-Jul-15 19:44:07

Oh, and by the way, i think The Legacy is a great family saga. I love Signe.

madamehooch Mon 06-Jul-15 22:37:53

Was going to switch it off when I saw it was subtitled but thought I'd give it five minutes and was so glad I did! Was really hoping it was based on a book but alas no.

Will have a look at your recommendation Bethshart and yes please to more complex family sagas Duchess.

CardinalRed Mon 06-Jul-15 22:42:37

Have you read Susan Howatch - Penmarric, the Rich Are Different, Wheel of Fortune? FMily sagas across several generations.
I, Claudius and Claudius The God are great

DuchessofMalfi Tue 07-Jul-15 04:56:03

Ok smile My first suggestion was going to be The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I think it might appeal to you. Will have a look through my Goodreads booklist and come back with some more.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 07-Jul-15 08:05:52

Here's a list offamily sagas from Goodreads.

I was also going to suggest Gone With the Wind - if it's not too melodramatic for you (not really my kind of book any more), The Forsyte Saga perhaps?

Or maybe a more recent novel - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie?

DuchessofMalfi Tue 07-Jul-15 08:07:11

Forgot to add The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCulloch - is a rattling good long family drama smile

madamehooch Tue 07-Jul-15 08:52:01

Thanks everyone. I'm sure to find my perfect dysfunctional family amongst that lotsmile

bethshart Tue 07-Jul-15 10:54:03

If you think you'd like more Danish subtitled dramas and are interested in the shenanigans of politics or the effect on a woman's life of being a politician, then Borgen is absolutely brilliant. Another one I've found is Rita which is about a maverick woman teacher, also Danish, which is very good too. She's an amazing character, loves being a teacher, and it's full of issues that affect teachers but shows how difficult it is sometimes to care about your children at home as much as you care about the children at school, especially when you've got a rather messed up family life. The Danes are very good at making the kind of dramas we used to make a lot of. These days a lot of dramas on tv are centred around the police - good, but sometimes you yearn for a change.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 10-Jul-15 15:58:04

The Legacy is on tonight - favourite programme of the week!!

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