It’s been confirmed that filming for the adaptation of the best selling book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is to start in the spring! Also announced is the lead role, free-spirited journalist Juliey Ashton, who will be played by in-demand British actress Lily James.
Originally Kate Winslet was touted for the role so the announcement has come as a bit of a shock to fans of the actress who has made no statement as to why she won’t now appear in the project. When Winslet’s name was touted it was also announced that Kenneth Branagh would also star in the adaptation but we’ve heard no further news on that front either.
The story is set on the island of Guernsey in the aftermath of World War II, and is an epistolary novel, in that it’s written as a series of letters and documents. How exactly this will be portrayed in the movie is as yet unknown, but we do know that the scriptwriters are Don Roos and Tom Bezucha and that filming will take place at Studiocanal who are financing the project.
The story centres around a book club, and this makes the book a big hit with bibliophiles who have praised the unique prose, the touching subject matter and the themes of friendship, loyalty and courage.
Epistolary novels can be notoriously difficult to adapt and readers will be anxious to see their favourite novel done justice on the silver screen.
We don’t yet have news of who will play the other notable roles such as Juliet’s close friend Dawsey Adams, Juliet’s publisher, Sidney Stark, or Sophie Strachan, Juliet’s best friend. With filming set to start in the spring, the news is likely to roll out in the next few weeks and hopefully it won’t be too long before we have a first teaser trailer.
With filming this year, it’s unlikely that we’re going to get to see the movie before 2018, so if you haven’t yet read the book, you have plenty of time to do so.
Charlotte Westgate, a local resident, said she saw a man in his 20s adding “Gotham City” to a sign on Friday: “He was on his own, and didn’t seem worried that anyone might be looking at him, but no one driving past did anything to stop him.”
Although technically considered ‘vandalism’ and ‘a distraction to drivers’, book lovers everywhere are amused by the signs pointing them towards Narnia or the Emerald City.
A statement said: “We will investigate as soon as the weather improves. While on the surface amusing, it is vandalism and a potential distraction for drivers.”
To Kill a Mockingbird is an iconic text, exploring race relations in the Deep South. For years it’s been a pivotal text used by schools, but we heard little about the author. Deeply private, Harper Lee preferred to stay out of the limelight but since her death it seems her estate has been rarely out of the news.
One woman from the UK discovered the perfect response when she was aboard a bus in her city. As the bus was very crowded, tempers were a little frayed, and one man allowed his aggression to get the better of him. Instead of asking the woman to keep her elbows in or tuck her book in a bit to make more room for others, he instead decided it was appropriate to call her a “fucking bitch”.
What book lover Jennifer Cairns did next was fantastically appropriate and a wonderfully gracious- she started reading aloud.
“How To Stop Time” by Matt Haig is the story of Tom Hazzard, who looks like an ordinary 41 year old, but due to a rare condition, he has been alive for hundreds of years. During these long centuries he has performed with Shakespeare, sailed to far off “new” lands with Captain Cook, and met and shared cocktails with The Fitzgeralds. Read More
The article in question mocked students who studied Frankenstein, who had correctly reflected on how the monster created by Dr Frankenstein was a misunderstood and sympathetic figure. A screenshot of the ignorant Tweet was saved (see right). Their article and the Tweet promoting it have since been deleted, but not before it was roundly trolled by those of us who had dared to read the book and understand its themes.