Zoe Ball to Host Television Book Club

Has anyone ever noticed the lack of literature related television? While we understand that the two things are crossover media, there are television programmes about everything possible, cookery, theatre, politics, and virtually every other subject under the sun, but television based around literature is so rare I’m struggling to think of a single example.

However, all that could be about to change as Zoe Ball is to host a new TV book club, airing on ITV from mid-June. The show is to be made by Cactus TV in association with Specsavers and will run until mid-August, focusing on one book each week as part of the show.

Publishers can submit titles, and readers can find out all the lowdown at cactustvbookclub.co.uk, with publishers given until 6th April to submit books for consideration. The show will also be accompanied by an extensive campaign supporting the book club through bookshops, libraries and Specsavers stores.

Zoe Ball says she can’t wait for the show, calling it her ‘passion project’ as she is an avid reader, and hopefully the show will prove that there is a place on mainstream television for literature and literature related shows.

Reading has never been so cool, and much of that is due to Instagammers, and even pages like our own, bringing literature back into the eye of the public again. Hopefully this new show will do even more for the hobby of reading, and bring even more people to literature.

Emily Dickinson Comedy Series Coming to Apple

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Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 3) is set to star as Emily Dickinson in a straight-to-series comedy Dickinson. 

The project from Apple draws us into the world of Emily Dickinson and explores the themes of society, gender and family. The series follows Emily as a young writer who feels she doesn’t fit in to her world, and is shown through her imaginative point of view.

Dickinson is the writer’s coming-of-age story and shows her fight to have her voice heard. The comedy is still set in the 1800s, but is being made more accessible through its modern tone and styling.

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Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

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Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

Season 6 of OITNB is Coming – and the Trailer is Here!

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The new season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is coming and the release date is announced as 27th July. The Netflix series which follows the life of Piper Chapman and the other prisoners at Lichfield Prison is based on the memoir of the same name, but fans of the memoir and the show will be aware that the show has gone ‘off page’, meaning it’s no longer true to the memoir.

That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer.  Read More

Mary Shelley to Be the Focus of ‘Genius’ Season 3

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In 2017, National Geographic launched a new TV series called Genius, which explores the lives of famed historical figures one might well label a genius. The first season followed Albert Einstein, the second Pablo Picasso, and it has now been confirmed that a third season is in the works and will follow the gothic writer Mary Shelley.

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles.” Read More

‘Stranger Things’ Books and Novels Are on Their Way

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Stranger Things is the hit sci-fi horror series which made its debut on Netflix in 2016. The show was met with critical acclaim and a second season was released in 2017. A third season is currently in the works, but if you’re in desperate need of a Stranger Things fix, then you’ll be pleased to learn that a number of Stranger Things books are set to be released. Read More

‘Sharp Objects’ Official Trailer Released

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Last month HBO, released the first teaser trailer for its mini-series adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects. The series will star Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As we reported, a teaser trailer was released earlier this year in April, and now HBO has released a full length trailer to get you excited. Read More



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