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!

Nick Clark Windo’s The Feed to be Adapted for Television Drama

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It’s announced this week that The Feed, a brand new sci-fi novel by Nick Clark Windo, is to be adapted into a high-end drama by Amazon and Virgin Media, who have won the rights to the adaptation.

The Feed is Windo’s debut novel, and unusually it’s only just been released as a book. The post-apocalyptic novel was released in the UK on 25th January but isn’t due for USA release until March this year. Early reviews are positive, and positive enough for Amazon and Virgin Media to put their money where their proverbial mouths are, putting into production a 10-part drama set in London.

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Eight Authors Write Ghost Stories Inspired by Heritage Sites Across England

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If you’re planning to get away from it all this Summer, and fancy getting in some early spooks before October rolls around, then you’ll want to check out Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories. The book contains eight spooky stories that have been written by eight different authors, each inspired by English Heritage sites.

The authors include the likes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, and author of The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry. Each author was given an historic site, and challenged with writing a ghost story set within the walls of said site. Locations include York Cold War Bunker, Dover Castle and Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Read More

Helen Pankhurst Releases Deeds Not Words in Time for Suffragette Anniversary

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6th February 2018 marks one hundred years since women got the vote in the UK, a change that came about thanks to the suffragette movement. Possibly the most well known woman of the entire movement was Emmeline Pankhurst and her great granddaughter Helen Pankhurst has released a book in time for the anniversary charting the lives of women, and change over the last century. Read More

Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones to Release Debut Novel

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Ruth Jones is already an accomplished writer and screenwriter and has seen much success with shows such as Gavin and Stacey, which she not only wrote with James Corden but starred in as Nessa too.

If you haven’t watched Gavin and Stacey, it’s comic brilliance, set in Barry in South Wales, and now one of Wales’ biggest exports is to release her debut novel. Never Greener is out in the UK on 5th April and will be the actress and screenwriter’s first novel. Read More

8 Novels That We Think Could be Award Winners in 2018

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We’re still early in the year and that means months and months of exciting new releases, and all the literary awards of 2018 are still ahead of us. With this in mind, today we thought we’d combine the two and see if we can pick out some novels coming in 2018 that we also think may be up for some of this year’s big literary awards, allowing you addicts to stay ahead of the game. Read More



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