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The books behind the blockbusters
Seeing as so many films from 2013 were adapted from fantastic books, it's no surprise that it was a great year for cinema. The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and Oscar favourite Twelve Years a Slave all came from already-bestselling novels.
It's always best to get stuck in to the book before the film becomes really huge. Why not get ahead of the pack? You could be the one to ask 'oh, have you read the book yet?' and be the envy of your friends and neighbours. Don't delay! Besides, as everybody knows, the book's always better...
Twelve Years A Slave, a personal account of slavery in 1840s America, has won this year's Oscar for Best Film, a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, and BAFTAs for Best Film and Best Leading Actor. Philomena, about a mother searching for the son she was forced to put up for adoption, was a pleasant surprise at the Golden Globes, receving three nominations.
With nine BAFTA and three Golden Globe nominations, A Captain's Duty, the true tale of Captain Richard Phillips's ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates is an astonishing tale of courage. Long Walk to Freedom, the biography of Nelson Mandela, is the life story of one of the most important figures of the 20th Century.
Behind the Candelabra, the television series based on Scott Thorson's autobiography about his secret affair with Liberace, has has just won the Best Television Film and Best Actor Golden Globes. Catching Fire, the second part in the Hunger Games trilogy, was nominated for two Golden Globes.
Following in the success of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit has been nominated for two BAFTAs and in five categories at the Critics' Choice Awards. Saving Mr. Banks, the tale of P.L. Travers and her relationship with Walt Disney, has been nominated for five BAFTAs and one Golden Globe.
The 5th Wave wins 2014 Red House Children's Book Award
US author Rick Yancey has won the overall 2014 Red House Children's Book Award for The 5th Wave, his Young Adult science fiction thriller about a teenage girl on the run from alien killers.
In the first of a new series, Matthew O'Donoghue considers the transformation which a story undergoes as it moves from book to screen, and introduces an extract from The Mayor of MacDougal Street - the memoir which became the Coen brothers' latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis.
It's only fitting that we start this series about book to film adaptations with the Coen brothers. Their films include both extremely faithful adaptations of books such as No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy and True Grit by Charles Portis.
Matthew O'Donoghue continues his series on big screen adaptations with a look at The Wolf of Wall Street and other (a)morality tales there's also an extract from the book itself to enjoy.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Martin Scorsese has a film as funny, disgraceful and darkly urgent as The Wolf of Wall Street in him, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's made a crime thriller/drug comedy/economic sermon/masterpiece out of Jordan Belfort's book of the same name, but to some extent it is a surprise.
The Great British Sewing Bee
With The Great British Sewing Bee coming back on television, Sew Your Own Wardrobe has been published to help you learn how to create your own clothes. No more nightmarish trips to Primark fighting through the hordes, just a nice and relaxing evening in front of the fire with a needle and thread.
The centenary of World War One
2014 will mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. It claimed over 16 million lives and impacted upon nearly every country in the world. Discover the history of WW1 with this selection of just some of the many books being published to commemorate the occasion.
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