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Reese Witherspoon’s Northern Ireland-set book of the month tipped for big screen adaptation


by Sarah Finnan
20th Apr 2021

Lit by Lilli

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A woman of many talents, Reese Witherspoon has her fingers in many different pies so to speak.

An actress, mother, producer, activist and entrepreneur, she also somehow finds time in her busy schedule to run a monthly book club too – and quite a popular one at that.

Something she set up way back in 2017, Reese’s book club has been going strong ever since. Keeping fellow bookworms in the loop by way of her social media platforms, a dedicated Instagram account for the club already boasts two million online followers… a testament to her ability to pick real page turners. Selecting a new title each month, the only criteria is that the book has a female character at the centre of the story.

Spanning across many different genres, previous choices have included titles such as Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Little Fires Everywhere and You Should See Me in a Crown. Often shooting books straight to the top of the New York Times’ bestseller list, this month’s pick is no different. Announcing American author Flynn Berry’s Northern Spy as April’s must-read, the Northern Ireland-set thriller has quickly gained traction in the publishing world.

Also the author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life, Berry’s Northern Spy is the story of two sisters, Tessa and Marian, who become entangled with the IRA. Saying that she “loved this thrill ride of a book” and that she thinks it would definitely work as a movie, Reese’s high praise hasn’t gone unnoticed by the powers that be and it’s since emerged that the book could soon be adapted for the big screen.

Commenting that Reese has “the Midas touch” when it comes to these things, a Hollywood insider said that when the actress talks, movie distributors listen – and according to The Belfast Telegraph, the source wouldn’t rule a Northern Spy movie out either. “She (Witherspoon) apparently loves Northern Spy, so I am sure that we will see it on our screens pretty soon”, the source said.

While nothing concrete has been announced just yet, it definitely sounds like the interest is there so watch this space.

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