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The book versions of these new releases are all in the library. Click on the title for more details:

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
Every year there’s a new batch of Christmas themed movies and it’s amazing this story hasn’t hit the screens until now. Matt Haig is such an original writer – his novel The Midnight Library has been hugely popular this year – so this one’s sure to be special. It’s about Nikolas, a boy who isn’t afraid to believe in magic and it’s a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves – well, you get the picture.

Dune by Frank Herbert
We’ve had screen adaptations of this book before, and while the setting is a barren planet in another world, the idea of a nobleman given up for dead and rescued by a strange people is a classic plotline. So it’s no wonder the book, and the books that follow, have become enduringly popular since it was first published in 1965. The film is out early December, but the library has the e-book, the e-audiobook as well as a hard copy of the novel, if you want to get a head start.

The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferante
This is the story of Leda who looks back at her past and some of the decisions she made as a parent and their consequences. These thoughts are triggered by the behaviour of a young mother she encounters while holidaying by the sea.  Fans of My Brilliant Friend, another superb  Ferante read which made the small screen, will be eager to catch up with this movie, which stars multiple award winning Olivia Colman. Coming to cinemas on 16 December.

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Now this is such a long series of fantasy novels, the author didn’t quite last the distance and it was finished by Brandon Sanderson. The series dips into European and Asian mythology to create a detailed imaginary world with its own magic system. There are fourteen books in the series plus a prequel, so if that seems a lot, you can be excused putting in the work and just skip to the screen adaptation on Amazon Prime. But you can always pick up the extra details by reading the books, which are still held by the library. The link takes you to the first book, The Eye of the World.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
I loved this book when it came out in 2014. It’s a pandemic novel that sweeps between past, present and futuristic scenes, and features a Travelling Symphony that roams the wasteland of what the world has become. There’s a mad, controlling prophet but also some very likeable characters and clever connections that bring everything together in a meaningful way. I shall be interested to see how it translates to screen when the 10-episode series comes out soon.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
If you feel it’s a long time since you’ve seen a likeable rom-com, this might be the film for you. But the book looks fun as well. It’s about Lucy and Joshua, two rival employees at Bexley-Gamin Publishing where it’s hate at first sight. Their dislike takes the form of spats such as The Staring Game, The Mirror Game and the HR Game but like so many rom-coms, you know that it’s only a matter of time before things get complicated by a confusion of feelings. This movie is out mid-January.

29 November 2021

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