Filming to Start on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Movie

By February 14, 2017News

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.

Obama Reveals What He’s Been Reading Prior to Visiting Africa

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For the first time since he left office, the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has returned to Africa where he spent time in both Kenya (his ancestral home) and South Africa. There he met 200 young leaders from all over the continent and made a speech to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to his visit, Obama published a post on his official Facebook page where he wrote about his love for his ancestral home, and revealed what books he’s been reading in the build up to his trip. As you would expect, the books are from and about the continent of Africa and show what a diverse, historic, sometimes troubled, but also extraordinary continent it is. Not only has Obama recommended the books, but also provided a quick insight as to why he found them interesting. Read More

Bloomsbury Sales Good News for the Literary Market

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Sometimes the literary industry can be a little depressing. We keep being told of independent bookshops closing, and many people seem to think reading is going out of fashion, yet consistently there are figures that buck these trends showing reading is as popular as ever, and Bloomsbury’s first quarter sales for 2018 show just that! Read More

Stig of the Dump Author, Clive King Dies, Aged 94

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Clive King, who brought us the children’s classic Stig of the Dump has died aged 94 earlier this week.

Born David Clive King in Richmond, Surrey on 24th April 1924, King grew up in Ash in Kent and was educated at the King’s School, Rochester before eventually graduating with a BA in English. From 1943 to 1946 King served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, which took him to many places around the world including Japan where he saw the then recent devastation of Hiroshima.
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Anti-LGBT children’s book banned from Amazon

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LGBT advocates have banned a children’s book from Amazon!

Censorship is a topic we do not shy away from here at For Reading Addicts, and everyone in our community has an opinion on it. It has been quite a black and white issue for most readers- either they want all books to be published and none to be banned- or they feel it is fine to ban some topics (depending on their own political/moral leanings).

Either way it causes some discussion among book clubs and literary groups alike.

One such group is Family Rhetoric on Facebook, run by Amber Leventry- an LGBTQ advocate- who was disturbed by a title while looking for children’s books on Amazon. Amber discovered a children’s book that horrified her so much that it had to be shared with her followers on Facebook, and drove them to report the title en-masse in hopes of banning it from the major book distributer.

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Prison bans George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Books

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Books are one of the few luxuries inmates in prisons do have access to and they can be essential when it comes to keeping the minds of the incarcerated stimulated. Generally speaking, most books are okay for prisoners to read, provided they’re first checked for hidden contraband, but it seems George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has fallen foul of the law.

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