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Margaret Atwood is auctioning off the chance to name a character in her next book

Margaret Atwood is auctioning off the chance to name a character in her next book

Margaret Atwood is among a number of well-known authors offering the chance to name a character in their latest books as part of a charity auction in aid of survivors of torture.

Man Booker prize winner Julian Barnes and author of the Jack Reacher thrillers, Lee Child, are also offering naming rights in their forthcoming novels, alongside other leading writers including Marian Keyes, Joanna Trollope and Women’s prize 2018 winner Kamila Shamsie.

As well as naming rights, the lots on offer will include a signed screenplay and other memorabilia donated by Helen Mirren, the chance to commission a large work of art by Quentin Blake and a portrait by political cartoonist and former children’s laureate Chris Riddell.

The project, which is being held in support of Freedom From Torture, Atwood said, ‘This year’s auction is a timely reminder that while the world is an increasingly scary place, our voices are powerful, and we still have the freedom to use them.’

Bidding is now open and will close at 21:45 GMT on Thursday 15 November under the name Freedom: Not Just Another Word.