The Miniaturist will be coming to television screens in the near future, as it is being adapted by the producers of the current (and so far successful) Wolf Hall BBC series. The right to adapt Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel was won by the Wolf Hall producers after ‘intense interest’ from film and TV companies, according to the publisher Picador.
Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has been named the best novel of the twenty-first century thus far by the International BBC Culture critics’ poll (by U.S. based critics). This novel came top of a list of twelve books, which also features Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Jeffrey Eugenide’s Middlesex and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. There were also eight runners up, and all twenty of the titles are listed here.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian author of the award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun and Americana, one of the most acclaimed titles of 2013, as well as the famous TED talk ‘We Should All be Feminists’, has written a new short story and posted it online. You can read ‘Olikoye’ here.
This year’s list of Edgar Award nominees is out. The Mystery Writers of America have chosen their contenders for best novels and authors of the mystery genre published in the past year. Authors Mo Hayder, Ian Rankin, Stephen King and Karin Slaughter are up for Best Novel, and there are a variety of other authors, short stories and ‘juvenile’ fiction recognised too. Head over to http://www.theedgars.com/ now to see the full list.
Feeling like you’ve run out of books to discuss? Does this make you feel boring and in need of some bookish stimulation? Well fear not, as Flavorwire have compiled a list of 50 books (fiction and non-fiction) ‘guaranteed’ to make you more interesting; this ranges from the classics (Ovid to Shakespeare), to modern literary giants such as Vladimir Nabokov, and the new voice of contemporary fiction Helen Oyeyemi.
Brain Pickings obtained a handwritten, scribbled list of favourite books by important American literary figure Joan Didion (whose Slouching Towards Bethlehem is featured in the Flavorwire list above). Didion’s nephew is in the process of completing a documentary about the writer/reporter/voice of a generation, and offered Maria Popova at Brain Pickings a look at Didion’s notebook-written selection. Despite the scrawled writing, you can make out titles and names such as Wuthering Heights, A Farewell to Arms and W. H. Auden.