The three-episode BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton’s best-selling novel The Miniaturist has now begun filming, with actresses Romola Garai and Anya Taylor-Joy starring. The television show’s first set photo was released late last week, showing Taylor-Joy as Nella, the young wife of a wealthy man in seventeenth-century Amsterdam, who, following the gift of an intricately detailed miniature version of her new house, begins to uncover secrets of her household and the family she has married into.
In other book news:
Author Margaret Atwood has sparked intrigue among readers in the past few days, following the release of a new audiobook version of A Handmaid’s Tale, narrated by actress Claire Danes. The audiobook features an extended conclusion to the novel (which will soon be airing as a much-anticipated miniseries at the end of April), in which a university professor discusses with students the exciting ‘fresh discoveries’ related to the history of the Republic of Gilead. This fourteen-minute segment appended to the story implies that a potential sequel to the original 1985 novel or additional work may soon be created. The professor is heard to say, in response to a query on the new Gilead research: ‘Give us a year or two and I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised.’
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction now has its shortlist of six authors. The list includes Naomi Alderman for her novel The Power, as well as Linda Grant, Madeleine Thien, C. E. Morgan, Gwendoline Riley and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀.
The Folio Prize, now in its third year, has announced its 2017 shortlist of eight authors (taken from an earlier longlist of 62), of both fiction and non-fiction – including novelists Maggie Nelson and China Miéville. The winner will be announced in late May and will receive £20,000.
Finally, an especially bookish treat: The Guardian has released a literary calendar for the year ahead. Take a look and set those dates in your diary!