Adaptation of The Miniaturist to Air This Christmas

By November 21, 2017Adaptations, News

In the spring we brought you the news that filming had started for the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist with filming taking place in Amsterdam, where the novel is set. The historical novel is set in 1686 and the judging by the photos released this is to be a lavish adaptation and now we can confirm it’s on the BBC Christmas schedule!

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Nella Oortman, with Romola Garai playing her cold, domineering sister-in-law Marin. Nella’s husband will be portrayed by Alex Hassel of Cold Mountain fame and that’s just a small number of the excellent cast.

The BBC has not yet announced a date for the show to air but we do know it’s included in the festive drama schedule, and we know this because it’s included in the Pure Drama 2017 advert and it’s one of the few shows on the ad we haven’t yet seen.

You can see that here, and while it’s not a full trailer, it does give a glimpse of the show.

The Miniaturist was Burton’s debut novel, released in the summer of 2014, to date it’s sold a million copies in 37 countries and is now available in both hardback, paperback, digital, and audio versions. It won multiple awards on release, including the New Writer of the Year Award and Book of the Year in the National Book Awards.

If you haven’t yet read it, you may just have time to do so before the adaptation airs!

Bloomsbury to Publish Anne Frank Collection Next Year

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Next year, on what would’ve marked Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, Bloomsbury Continuum will be publishing Anne Frank: The Collected Works. The collection has been described by the publisher as “an essential book for scholars and general readers alike”. The publication brings together all of Frank’s writings along with important documents and photographs.

As The Book Seller reports, the collection will be released on May 30th, the set includes both Anne’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ diaries, which are made up of the original diary and the edited one. A definitive readers version called ‘D’ is also included which has been edited by Mirjam Pressler, the German translator of Frank’s diary who has also published a book about her life.
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Oprah’s Book Club Recommends Michelle Obama Memoir

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Oprah has made Becoming by Michelle Obama the latest edition to her book club.

Released November 2018, Michelle Obama’s memoir follows her life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” her publisher has said.

Oprah has chosen Michelle’s memoirs for her honesty and vulnerability- naming it the perfect read this year to gain an insight into what it was really like being the ‘first Black First family’.

See Oprah and Michelle chatting about the new release here, and don’t forget to order your copy of Mrs Obama’s memoirs below!

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Dreams of Leaving and Remaining will Examine Brexit’s Tribulations

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With less than six months to go until one of the biggest splits for European politics in living memory, the British public still has far more questions than answers about Brexit. British journalist and novelist, James Meek has been taking a closer look at Brexit and what it will mean for the British public. His findings make for an interesting read in his new book called Dreams of Leaving and Remaining, which is to be published by Verso Books in March.
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Erin Morgenstern’s New Novel ‘The Starless Sea’ to Be Released Next Year

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US author Erin Morgenstern shot to fame in 2011 with the release of her debut novel The Night Circus. If you enjoyed her first magical outing then you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s been announced that she’s currently working on a second novel that’s set to be released next year.

As The Book Seller reports, a new magical love story from Morgenstern is currently being written and will be published on November 5, 2019 by Harvill Secker. Called The Starless Sea, the novel takes place in a secret world that’s full of magic and intrigue. Publishing director at Harvill Secker, Liz Foley, described the book as “exhilarating and glorious”. She went on to state that “nothing else like it will be published next year”.
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‘Chloe Has Chlamydia’ is the latest sex ed book we all need

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Chloe Has Chlamydia is an illustrated storybook for adults about a horny koala who had a little too much unsafe fun. After she contracts chlamydia, Chloe attempts to educate herself by talking openly to her friends and lovers.

Adults of all ages will enjoy this cheeky book which promotes a healthy sex life and raises STD awareness with sassy humour. The STD crisis needs non-judgmental conversations about sexual health that help break down stigma- and this book will help instigate these important conversations.

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Stephen King reads excerpt from his new book ‘Elevation’.

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Stephen King is back with a new story to intrigue and entertain us.

Elevation is a sleek new mystery from the prolific author who brought us classics like The Shining and It. King takes us back to Castle Rock to explore the novel’s themes of discrimination and inclusion.

If you cannot wait to get your hands on the new book, Stephen King offers a sneaky peek with an exclusive excerpt first granted to Entertainment Weekly. 

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