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The Books Behind Film & TV The Books Behind Film & TV

It's a no-brainer really – so many brilliant books have inspired great (and some not so great, let's face it) TV and film productions so here are some of the books behind the latest film and TV favourites. Click here to get the latest and most up to date release dates for UK films.

This Month's Featured Books

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2011
Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie
Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love
James Runcie
Charming, atmospheric, and compellingly crafted, The Grantchester Mysteries are the very epitome of cosy crime, with a quintessential English detective for a hero. No wonder, then, that this is the sleuthing Archdeacon’s sixth literary outing, and that the TV adaptation...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
The Dark Tower
Stephen King
Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries
Helen Fielding
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2017. Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
My Cousin Rachel Film Tie in by Daphne Du Maurier, Roger Michell
My Cousin Rachel Film Tie in
Daphne Du Maurier, Roger Michell
This is du Maurier’s tenth novel and only the second where she had a male narrator. Philip Ashley is young and inexperienced in the ways of the world and this is the perspective taken on the story as it unfolds....
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Shepherds and Butchers by Chris Marnewick
Shepherds and Butchers
Chris Marnewick
South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court's sentence...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Circle
Dave Eggers
A dystopian view of our very near future, Eggers uses his novel to make some clear and prescient points about how we live now. This really is a Marmite book – if you’re not already on a similar wave-length to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014

Last Month's Featured Books

Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries
Helen Fielding
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2017. As Bridget careers towards baby-deadline, tortured by Smug Mothers miming her ticking biological clock, a series of classic Bridget...

Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie

Reader Reviewed Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation
James Runcie
The village of Grantchester is not as peaceful as it seems...From the theft of an heirloom to an ominous case of blackmail, Sidney is once again rushed off his feet...

Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins by James Runcie

Reader Reviewed Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins
James Runcie
Loveable full-time priest and part-time detective Canon Sidney Chambers is back, continuing his investigations. A mysterious stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church; a shooting weekend in the country has a...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Their Finest by Lissa Evans

Their Finest
Lissa Evans
It's 1940. After a short spell promoting the joy of swedes for the Ministry of Food, Catrin Cole finds herself writing dialogue for 'Just an Ordinary Wednesday', a heart-warming but...

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The Books Behind the Film & TV

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According to book trade figures the relationship between the book, TV and film industries has never been stronger, with new, hungry players such as Netflix and Amazon Prime spurring on the number of dramatic rights deals being struck.

 

 

So, we thought it would be great idea to put all these books in one place so you can easily find and read the 'book behind the film' - which we, of course, think is always better.

 

Do come back every month and keep up on the books that are inspiring the small and large screens.

 

CLICK HERE to see our infographic showing how critics viewed the book vs the film for some classics going back 22 years!


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