Category Archives: Fiction

Room Is Bookies’ Favourite For Orange Prize

The winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction will be announced this Wednesday, and Emma Donoghue is the favourite to scoop the prize.

The rest of the shortlist includes: Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love; Emma Henderson’s Grace Williams Says it Loud; Nicole Krauss’s Great House; Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife; and Kathleen Winter’s Annabel.

Who do you hope wins?

Twitter’s Global Book Club Launches With Atwood

Global book club 1book140 has launched this month with Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin as its opening read. The Twitter-based group already has more than 7,000 followers, who will be sharing their views on the novel throughout June.

The initiative is run by Jeff Howe and follows last summer’s One Book, One Twitter Club, which focused on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

Are you interested in this kind of virtual book club?

Adaptations: Breaking Dawn Teaser Trailer

A teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 has been released, ahead of the premiere of the full trailer at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend.

It gives us a glimpse at Robert Pattinson in all his finery as he waits for Kristen Stewart to walk down the aisle at Edward and Bella’s wedding.

One of the most eagerly-anticipated adaptations of 2011, the film is released on 18 November in the UK.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

Adaptations: One Day Trailer

MSN Movies has the world exclusive trailer for One Day. David Nicholls has written the screenplay for this adaptation of his 2009 novel.

The story charts the lives of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) following their night together at their university graduation. We get a snapshot of what they’re doing on the same date (15 July) for the next 20 years.

One Day is released in the UK on 26 August 2011. Are you excited to see it?

Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlist Announced

The three books shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize are Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman, Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph. The prize rewards “a novel of depth and breadth with a compelling narrative” and we’ll find out who wins on 23 June.

Which novel are you backing and why?

Holiday Reads For Intense Love

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Cathy. Heathcliff. The Yorkshire Moors. Ideal for teens, but anyone can lose themselves in this intense love story full of passion, betrayal and revenge.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Henry and Clare’s relationship is no ordinary set-up thanks to his involuntary time travelling. A complex tale of love’s attempts to survive despite the odds.

Spotlight On: Joseph Cornell’s Influence

I first discovered Joseph Cornell’s work on a visit to MOMA in New York City in 2006. I was captivated by Taglioni’s Jewel Casket and my interest increased as I found out more about his assemblage art. Known for his boxes showcasing found objects, the twentieth-century American artist inspired many writers.

The Grand Hotels (of Joseph Cornell) by Robert Coover
Coover leads us through ten Grand Hotels, building into his “architectural portrait of the artist” biographical details alongside flights of fancy.

A Convergence of Birds ed. Jonathan Safran Foer
Foer invited writers, including Rick Moody and Joyce Carol Oates, to contribute to this collection of original fiction and poetry inspired by Cornell’s avian boxes.

To find out more about Cornell’s work, keep reading

Adaptations: Jane Eyre (2011)

Charlotte Brontë’s novel has been adapted many times, and the latest version is released at UK cinemas in September 2011.

Mia Wasikowska is playing the eponymous role, with Michael Fassbender as Rochester. The cast also includes Judi Dench as Mrs Fairfax and Jamie Bell as St John Rivers.

Judging from the trailer, Wasikowska and Fassbender have the necessary tension to make it worth a watch. Will you take a trip to the cinema for it?

To watch the trailer, keep reading

Holiday Reads For Magic Moments

Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Be transported to a magical realm where ships fly, witches hunt for eternal youth, princes fight for the crown and a young man searches for a fallen star. Gaiman’s wit keeps this imaginative tale amusing and the ending is an antidote to sentimentality, taking stock of what a happy ever after really entails.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Full of characters that will stay with you forever (from a rhyming giant to a determined fencer), this tongue-in-cheek tale takes classic ingredients and runs head first into a Zoo of Death and a host of evil villains. The framing technique provides a lot of the laughs and the plot will keep you hooked.

Both have spawned film versions which you can watch once you return home: as is usually the case, for both of these it’s far more rewarding to read the book first.

Adaptations: The Great Gatsby (2012)

Baz Luhrmann is one of my favourite directors, so I meet any news about his directorial projects with glee. Combine that with a book adaptation plus F. Scott Fitzgerald and I’m there.

The cast is interesting, with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway.

It’s in pre-production with a 2012 release date: will you head to the cinema?