As a self-confessed cinephile and avid reader, I’m often torn between my love of an engrossing book and seeing it realised on screen. While we always hope movies will offer a different, highly visual take on the storytelling narrative, you can never tell how they will fair in comparison to their source material. Below are four books that are about to make their on-screen debut, and while we wait, we can guarantee they will make a darn good read in the meantime:
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
During the 1630s, the humble tulip was considered a thrillingly beautiful and new flower. Set against this background, Tulip Fever describes a love affair between the young wife of a wealthy merchant and the artist hired to paint her portrait. I remember being engrossed by the book when it was released back in 1999 – and the film, due for release late August – looks equally promising. The screenplay was written by Tom Stoppard, and it stars Alicia Vickander, Christoph Waltz and Cara Delevingne.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty has received much attention thanks to a very nice plug on Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram book club, but it’s not all hot air; the book is a great read. The tale starts when a summer barbeque reveals old tensions between two friends and talk turns to one fateful event that changed everything. This is suspense at its best and so readable, it’s easy to see why the rights to this have already been snapped up by Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. It’s set for release early 2018.
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Du Maurier’s classic, haunting novels (The Birds, Rebecca) have always been laced with intrigue and deception, but none quite like My Cousin Rachel. It’s a dark tale: Philip, a young man of wealthy means, slowly finds himself falling in love with his cousin Rachel, while also harbouring suspicions she may be responsible for the death of his godfather, Ambrose. Innocent or Guilty? It’s a question Du Maurier’s elegant prose will make you wonder of every character. A new film adaptation coming in June stars Rachel Weisz as the titular cousin and is garnering plenty of pre-release buzz, but whether the film can ever hope to live up to its brilliant source material is another question altogether.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Jeanette Walls’ extraordinary memoir detailing her unconventional poverty-stricken upbringing was such a success when it was released in 2005, I’m surprised it’s taken this long to be made into a film. Jeannette’s parents are completely dysfunctional; when sober her charismatic father was the centre of her (and her three siblings) universe but when he drank he was utterly destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity. The siblings were forced to raise themselves and against all odds, eventually, begin to forge lives for themselves. It’s one of those rare “unputdownable” books; a tale of sadness and redemption and a beautiful read. The film adaptation will star Brie Larson and is currently in post-production.