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‘Conversations with Friends’ Takes to TV

With the BBC premiere of Sally Rooney’s second novel Normal People set for April of this year, the network announced today that the author’s debut novel Conversations with Friends will also be adapted into a twelve part series. The series will again be produced by Element Pictures with Oscar nominated director for Room, Lenny Abrahamson, attached as lead director. Alice Birch, who was also involved in Normal People, is on board as a writer for Conversations with Friends.

 

 

Conversations with Friends follows two Dublin college students, Frances and Bobbi, and their strange and complicated relationship with married couple, Nick and Melissa. The story looks at the unique dynamic among the four friends and how they navigate complicated relationships with one another. In a statement by Piers Wegner, BBC drama controller, he said that the broadcaster “will commission work from Sally Rooney for as long as she is writing.” He also praised the author for her ability to depict young people in a “direct and authentic” way. 

 

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Sally Rooney will again executive produce the series alongside Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Emma Norton, and Lenny Abrahamson. Rooney decided to bring the project to BBC after being pleased with the adaptation of Normal People from book to screen, saying “I’m confident we’re going to find fresh and interesting ways of dramatizing the novel’s dynamics.” While Hulu is attached to Normal People, there is no word yet if the streaming platform will sign up for Conversations with Friends

 

 

There is no news yet on when Conversations with Friends will begin production or who will star in the series, but in the meantime Normal People is set to air in April on BBC and Hulu in April of this year. 

 

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9 Books Coming to a TV (or Streaming) Near You

All your favorite books are being made into shows! Here are nine highly anticipated TV adaptations of favorite books set to premiere in 2020. 

 

1. The Outsider

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The Outsider, based on the novel by Stephen King, premiered on HBO on January 12, 2020 and will conclude on March 8. You can catch up on HBO’s digital platform and watch live on Sundays at 9/8c. The Outsider follows the investigation of the gruesome murder of a young boy and the deceiving evidence that leaves a small town questioning everything they know.

 

2. Locke and Key 

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Locke and Key is loosely based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and premiered on Netflix on February 7, 2020. It will run as a ten-part series. Locke and Key tells the story of three siblings who move to their ancestral home after the murder of their father. There, they discover magical keys which are also being sought out by a demon. 

 

3. The Good Lord Bird

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The Good Lord Bird based on the 2013 novel by James McBride is set to premiere on Showtime on February 16, 2020 at 9/8c. Ethan Hawke will both executive produce and star in the limited series which chronicles the journey of abolitionist John Brown, told from the perspective of a fictional enslaved boy named Onion. Onion helps Brown during the Bleeding Kansas uprisings. 

 

4. Little Fires Everywhere

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will be adapted into a limited series for Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington executive producing and starring in the series. It will premiere March 18, 2020 and is one of the most anticipated series of this year. It follows two mothers who are brought together through their children’s friendship, which eventually unearths dark secrets.  

 

5. Bridgerton 

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Bridgerton, another highly anticipated series, is based on the series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. The series will be produced by Shonda Rhimes and is set to debut on Netflix later this year. This series is set in the 1800s and follows each of the eight Bridgerton children. 

 

6. I Know This Much is True

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I Know This Much is True will be a limited series on HBO, set to debut later this year. Mark Ruffalo will executive produce and star in the series based on the novel by Wally Lamb. The series will follow identical twin brothers, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It is a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness as the brothers struggle with their relationship with one another. 

 

7. Invincible 

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Invincible is an upcoming animated series set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, which follows teenager Mark Grayson, whose father happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet. However, after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins developing powers of his own. The series will follow teenage superhero Mark, as he navigates his new powers under his father’s tutelage. 

 

8. Nine Perfect Strangers

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Nine Perfect Strangers will reunite Nicole Kidman and producers of the hit series, Big Little Lies to premiere on Hulu in late 2020. Kidman will also star in the series which is based on the novel Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, who is responsible for writing the best-selling novel Big Little Lies. The series will follow nine strangers as they gather at a boutique wellness resort with the common goal of resetting and reinvigorating their lives. However, things take a turn, and these strangers have no idea just how challenging this retreat will be. 

 

9. Normal People

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Normal People will premiere on Hulu as a twelve-part series in the later half of 2020. The series is based on the popular novel by the same name, written by Sally Rooney. This series will follow main characters Marianne and Connell as they navigate an unlikely on-again, off-again relationship throughout their teenage and young adult lives.


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BBC Releases Trailer for Adaption of Normal People

The BBC have released the first trailer for their upcoming adaption of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel Normal People. The 12-part series is set for release later this year and the script been worked on by Rooney personally.

The book follows Marianne and Connell, two young people from a small town in the west of Ireland, as they move on to university. From two very different backgrounds, their relationship shifts and changes over the years, the dynamics of their social standing constantly playing off against their love for one another.

 

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The adaption stars relative newcomers Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal.

The trailer, released earlier today, features various clips of the pair throughout the series, with a phone call providing the soundtrack. Take a look below:

 

Normal People is the second novel from Rooney, who previously penned Conversations with Friends. The novel was a breakout of 2018, so popular that for a while it was difficult to take the subway or the bus without spotting it in somebody’s hand. BBC acquired the rights to a TV adaption in 2019 and filming commenced in May of last year.

 

 

Normal People will be released later this year on BBC Three in the UK and Hulu in the US.

 

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Obama Reveals His 2019 Reading List

Every December, former US president Barack Obama reveals his reading list, a compilation of books that stood out to him that year. Obama is known for reading voraciously and widely, so his reading list is always an interesting read in itself. This year Irish author Sally Rooney’s hit novel Normal People appeared alongside Bernadine Evaristo’s Man Book Prize-winning book Girl, Woman, Other as well as non-fiction titles such as Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep and Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino. Check out his full list below!

 

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These 5 Novels About Personal Growth Will Inspire You!

It’s October, it’s coming towards the end of the year, but it’s not too late to start living your truth and making sure that you’re growing and improving every day. The real change comes from within, after all, and we’ve got five wonderful novels about personal growth to help you on your journey towards the new and improved you.

 

1. Everything You Are by Kerry Anne King

 

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Kerry Anne King’s new tear-jerker Everything You Are is guaranteed to give you a new lease on life!

Everything You Are has been described by Barbara O’Neal, author of The Art of Inheriting, as “a fresh, imaginative story about the power of dreams and our hunger to be who we really are.”  Terri-Lynne DeFino, author of The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) calls Everything You Are “real and raw… a gorgeous tale of life told between those lines too often blurred.”

Whisper Me This author King explores promises, redemption, forgiveness, art, love and personal growth in her stunning new novel. Julianne MacLean, USA TODAY bestselling author, notes that “Writing sensitively about characters struggling to overcome tragedy and loss, Kerry Anne King has delivered a beautiful, soulful novel that hits all the right notes—especially for music lovers. It will leave you with tears in your eyes and sighs of contentment when you reach the satisfying, emotional conclusion.” 

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One tragic twist of fate destroyed Braden Healey’s hands, his musical career, and his family. Now, unable to play, adrift in an alcoholic daze, and with only fragmented memories of his past, Braden wants desperately to escape the darkness of the last eleven years.

When his ex-wife and son are killed in a car accident, Braden returns home, hoping to forge a relationship with his troubled seventeen-year-old daughter, Allie. But how can he hope to rescue her from the curse that seems to shadow his family?

Ophelia “Phee” MacPhee, granddaughter of the eccentric old man who sold Braden his cello, believes the curse is real. She swore an oath to her dying grandfather that she would ensure Braden plays the cello as long as he lives. But he can’t play, and as the shadows deepen and Phee finds herself falling for Braden, she’ll do anything to save him. It will take a miracle of forgiveness and love to bring all three of them back to the healing power of music.

 

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2. Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

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In her Man Booker-longlisted sophomore novel, internationally acclaimed Irish author Sally Rooney returns with a searing and intimate examination of two young people and their relationship as they grow from teenagers into college students, in mid-2000s Ireland. With a TV mini-series adaptation from Oscar-winning Room director Lenny Abrahamson in production, and countless awards and accolades under it’s belt, this novel is one of the finest novels about personal growth published in the last decade.

 

The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2018. Winner of the an Post Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year. Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards International Author of the Year. Longlisted for the Booker Prize

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.

 

3. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 

 

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In his debut novel, award-winning poet Ocean Vuong explores immigrant identity, generational trauma, love, life and growing up. Bearing what is potentially the most beautiful book title of all time, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is written from the point of view of a young Vietnamese-American man addressing his mother as he examines the experiences and situations that defined their life together, from her life as the child of a traumatized war victim, to the family’s move from post-war Vietnam to suburban Connecticut and their lives there as immigrants.

He tenderly recounts emotional, sometimes disturbing, often beautiful scenes from throughout their shared lives, and, as he grows older, his own secret life, through a stunning series of metaphors, vignettes, and stories.

 

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

 

4. Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

 

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Elizabeth Gilbert calls this New York Times Bestseller “Just the sort of thing that Philip Roth or John Updike might have produced in their prime (except, of course, that the author understands women).” In Fleishman Is In Trouble, Brodesser-Akner explores relationships, marriage, and what happens when it all falls apart.

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest says Brodesser-Akner’s novel is “Blisteringly funny, feverishly smart, heartbreaking, and true…an essential read for anyone who’s wondered how to navigate loving (and hating) the people we choose.”

 

Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.

As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.

A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.

 

5. The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves

 

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The Girl He Used to Know is a neurodiverse story about love, growth and life on the spectrum.

Kirkus has this to say of Garvis Grave’s beautiful novel: “Careful to balance the emotional and intellectual power between Annika and Jonathan, Graves creates a believable love affair in which Annika is not infantilized but rather fully realized as simply different. And her differences become her strengths when catastrophe strikes, compelling Annika to take the lead for the first time in her life. A heartwarming, neurodiverse love story.”

Kaira Rouda, bestselling author, Best Day Ever and What Comes Around notes that “This wonderful novel deals with life and love on the spectrum with captivating and heart-warming characters who will stay with you long after you’ve finished. Memorable, and remarkable, Tracey Garvis Graves has written another winner.”

 

Annika Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game—and his heart—to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.