The race is on to turn the economic crisis into best selling fiction
The recession has had an appalling effect on jobs and the markets - but what will it do to art and culture?
Bank collapses and unprecedented economic turmoil may be dire news for most, but to aspiring novelists it may be the break they have long been waiting for.
The Great Depression of the 1920s inspired writers like John Steinbeck to chart the miseries suffered by the poor in The Grapes of Wrath.
Martin Baker, author and former financial journalist, believes now is the time for artists to respond to what is going on in the global markets today.
"I think it's a function of art to hold a mirror up to society.
"I think publishing and journalism haven't done such a great job of that and now we're facing a huge, long wet Wednesday afternoon for a couple of years - and that's an opportunity for a voyage of discovery internally - an opportunity for inward reflection."
Looking for inspiration for a great work of your own? Here are some of the epoch defining works from the past.
Charles Dickens' satirical masterpiece plots the turbulent lives of the inmates of Marshalsea debtor's prison in London.
The novel's namesake, Little Dorrit, was born in the prison but her life is turned around when she meets Arthur Clennam, who saves her family from poverty - only to become impoverished himself.
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