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Fact in fiction: writing political leaders

How can fiction impact real reputations, and real legacies? How can fictional characters influence our understanding of politicians and political institutions? Creator and author of House of Cards, Michael Dobbs, talks to Rana Mitter about his experience of treading the line between fact and fiction.

Lord Michael Dobbs, 
writer and author 

Professor Rana Mitter FBA, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford