New BBC adaptations of our favourite novels are in the works! The channel has had recent, blistering success with the Tom Hiddleston-starring The Night Manager, an adaptation of a work by John Le Carre, and now Zadie Smith’s London-set novel NW (2012) will become a ninety-minute drama for the beeb. What’s more, the show will be translated to the small screen by the bright minds behind Christmas’s Agatha Christie mystery And Then There Were None. It has also been announced that Evelyn Waugh’s work of 1928, Decline and Fall, will hit BBC Two screens later this year.
In other book news:
J. K. Rowling published a new instalment of the Harry Potter world, casting her eye back to the early years of magical study in America and how it was impacted shortly after European colonialists reached the continent’s shores. Unfortunately, it seems as if this new entry in the Wizarding World’s canon has not been well received by fans, since it suggests that Navajo traditions and beliefs stem from the magic her fiction revolves around (and therefore, critics claim, trivializes and stereotypes Native American history).
The nominees for the International Man Booker Prize (this year for the first time having combined with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize) have been revealed, and Italian literary superstar Elena Ferrante is the bookies’ favourite to win this year for the fourth and final book in her much-beloved Neopolitan series. The mysterious (people still cannot claim to know her true identity, or how ‘autobiographical’ her novels really are) novelist’s The Story of the Lost Child faces twelve other authors from a dozen countries in the longlist, such as South Korean author Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, French writer Marie NDiaye’s Ladivine and Orhan Pamuk’s A Strangeness in My Mind. The International Man Booker used to celebrate an author’s oeuvre, but this year marks a change in scope, as it will reward the winner for a specific novel instead. The author and translator both share the £50,000 prize money.
The Bookseller’s 2016 YA Book Prize has its ten-long list of nominees, from Costa Book winner The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge to Sarah Crossan’s One and Melinda Sainsbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter. The winner is announced in June at the Hay Festival.