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Authors auction character names for charity

Some of the biggest names in literature are auctioning off the chance for members of the public to lend their name to a character in the writers' forthcoming works.

Seventeen authors, including Tracy Chevalier, Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan are selling the naming rights to raise money for Freedom from Torture, a charity providing therapies and support to torture survivors.

Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, told Radio 4's PM that it was "a big risk" but that it was not the first time that she had auctioned a character's name for the charity.

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