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Episode 2 | What’s with all the book-to-TV adaptations?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s the second episode of Bibliophile! Thanks so much for all your feedback and questions so far. This time we welcome our first guest, Edinburgh writer and musician Jim Taylor, to discuss the recent surge in book-to-TV adaptations. We also have lots of book recommendations for you for July.

Things (mostly books) we mentioned…

…in the Book-to-TV segment…
  • We spoke in as un-spoilery a way about the Hulu/Channel 4 TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The TV adaptation of The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – especially the idea of TV adaptation outpacing the rate of novel-writing
  • I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
  • The TV ‘novel’: The Sopranos; Mad Men; Breaking Bad
  • Comic book adaptations: The Walking Dead; Preacher
  • TV adaptation of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Anne with an E – and over-dramatising things for television
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – ‘sexing up’ of a classic novel
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (at which Annie gets cross)
  • Crime series: one book per episode (Agatha Christie; Arthur Conan Doyle; Montalbano)
  • Upcoming book-to-TV series we’re intrigued by: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante; The City and the City by China Mieville; Watchmen by Alan Moore & David Simmons; The Power by Naomi Alderman; His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
  • Dream book-to-TV series: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick; short stories of Jorge Luis Borges or Shirley Jackson; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
…in the poetry for beginners recommendation segment…
  • Rapture and The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Door into the Dark; North; Station Island; Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney (especially ‘Blackberry-Picking)
  • Penguin Modern Poets series (there are currently four volumes)
  • Staying Alive Trilogy by Bloodaxe Books
  • The Zoo of the New
  • The Rattle Bag edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
  • Crow by Ted Hughes
  • Spoken Word Nights
  • Kate Tempest on Spotify (read Let Them Eat Chaos while listening – it’s ace!)
…in the new and notable segment…

Fiction

  • The Zoo by Christopher Wilson
  • A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
  • Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill

Non-Fiction

  • Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight by Naoki Higoshida
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higoshida
  • A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt
  • Blind Spot by Teju Cole
  • Open City by Teju Cole
  • Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Children’s

  • The Griffin’s Feather by Cornelia Funke
  • William Morris ABC and William Morris 123
  • The Only Lonely Panda by Jonny Lambert

Poetry

…and in the ‘what we’re reading and recommending’ segment…

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Episode 1 | Should You Judge a Book by its Cover?

[vc_row 0=””][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=””]In the first episode of Bibliophile, Annie and Julie discuss whether you should judge a book by its cover, answer a question from a listener and discuss the new releases for June we’re excited about. Also plenty of recommendations abound!

Books we mentioned…

…in the ‘should you judge a book by the cover’ segment…
…in the ‘how do you choose books for the shop’ segment…
…in the ‘new & notable’ segmcent…

Fiction

Non-Fiction

Children’s 

Poetry

…and in the ‘what we’re reading and recommending’ segment…

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