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All The Books To Read Before They Hit The Big (Or Small) Screen

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Arguably some of the biggest hits on our screens — both big and small — in recent times have been story lines that were adapted from best-selling books. Don’t believe us? Just think about what you spent lockdown watching: Normal People, Little Fires Everywhere, The Undoing — they were all books first.

Now, Reese Witherspoon (who else, really?) has given us a look at what our next book-to-TV obsession will be. For her Reese's Book Club May 2021 pick, Reese has gone with The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. A thrilling mystery, the story follows Hannah, who is left in charge of her sixteen-year-old stepdaughter, Bailey, after her husband, Owen, disappears.

And if that hadn't piqued your attention enough, the book has also been picked up to be turned into a major TV series starring Julia Roberts and produced by Reese Witherspoon. Reese's production company, Hello Sunshine, has brought some of our favourite books to our screens, including Big Little Lies, Gone Girl and the upcoming adaptation of Daisy Jones & The Six, so this is definitely one to keep your eye on.

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Luckily for us, the book-to-screen adaptations aren’t slowing down anytime soon. From Sienna Miller set to star in the TV version of Anatomy of a Scandal to Lily James in Rebecca on Netflix, our screens will soon be full of stories that started as books. Don’t let yourself be caught out — here’s all the books you need to read before they hit screens…

The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave

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The Last Thing He Told Me opens with Hannah receiving a note from her husband Owen that reads two simple works, 'Protect her.' Hannah knows exactly who it's referring to: her sixteen-year-old stepdaughter, Bailey, who tragically lost her mother as a child. But as Hannah's calls to Owen go unanswered and his boss is arrested for fraud, Hannah realises her husband might not be who he says he is…

You Should Have Known, Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, TV series The Undoing is based on the novel You Should Have Known, which sees a successful therapist's life unravel as she realises her husband might have done something terrible. Now streaming

The Duke and I: Bridgerton

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Coming to Netflix on Christmas Day is an exciting TV-adaptation of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton book series produced by Shonda Rhimes. Following the eight close-knit Bridgerton siblings as they try to find love during the Regency era in England, the best way to kick things off is with the first book of the collection, The Duke and I. Everyone knows Simon Basset is about to propose to his best friend's sister, the charming Daphne Bridgerton, but only they know the truth — that it's all a ploy to keep Simon away from meddling marriage-minded society mothers and to make Daphne even more desirable to potential suitors. But as the two attend event after event together, Daphne finds it hard to remember that their courtship is for show…can she convince the duke to love her for real? Now streaming

Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's classic mystery thriller gets a big-screen makeover starring Gal Gadot, Letitia Right and Emma Mackey. When a passenger is found murdered on the S. S. Karnak Cruise Ship, everyone on board becomes a suspect and detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) must find out who it is — before they strike again. Out now

Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

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Armie Hammer and Lily James star in this modern adaptation of classic novel, Rebecca. Young newlywed Mrs de Winter arrives at her husband's family estate on the English coast after a whirlwind romance with the wealthy widower Mr de Winter, only to find herself cast in the shadow of his late first wife. Now streaming

Anatomy of a Scandal, Sarah Vaughan

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Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery will star in the TV-adaptation of Anatomy of a Scandal, which will centre 'on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case - she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.' Autumn 2021

Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

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Another book-to-screen adaptation by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine, who have given us Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show, Where The Crawdads Sing is set to hit screens next year. The story follows the life of 'The Marsh Girl,' a young woman who has lived alone in the marshes of North Carolina for years, fending for herself while still yearning to be loved. Upcoming

Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Following a fictional rock band in the 1970s as they rise to fame in the LA, the TV-adaptation of Daisy Jones and the Six will be presented in a documentary style starring Riley Keough, Sam Claflin and Suki Waterhouse. Upcoming

Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty

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Another book-to-screen adaptation from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers sees, well, nine perfect strangers spend 10 days together at a health and wellness retreat. But do they really know what they're getting into? Upcoming in 2021

Two Kisses For Maddy, Matt Logelin

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Memoir Two Kisses for Maddy is being adapted into a film called Fatherhood, starring Kevin Hard, which will tell the tragic story of Matthew Logelin, who lost his wife only hours after giving birth to their first child. 30 April 2021

Dune, Frank Herbert

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With a truly all-star cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Oscar Issac, this sci-fi thriller sees Paul Atreides (Chalamet) lead nomadic tribes in a battle to win control over the desert planet Arrakis. Out now

News of the World, Paulette Jiles

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Tom Hanks will star as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a Texan travelling all across the Wild West in the aftermath of the American Civil War bringing the news of the world to local people, until he agrees to help transport a young kidnapped woman back to her people. Upcoming

Letters From Your Lover, Jojo Moyes

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Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones and Joe Alwyn will star in the big screen version of Last Letter From Your Lover, a novel by Me Before You author Jojo Moyes that tells the story of a young journalist in London who finds a series of letters from an intense star-crossed romance in the 1960s. Upcoming

Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Jenny Han

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Romcom fans, rejoice: the third chapter of the To All The Boys trilogy will hit screens this year and see Lara Jean prepare to go off to university. But what does that mean for her relationship with Peter? Now steaming

Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates

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Ana de Armas is set to star as Marilyn Monroe in this fictionalised look at her superstar life. 2021

Nightmare Alley, William L. Gresham

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Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film remake of Nightmare Alley sees a corrupt con-man (Bradley Cooper) collaborate with psychiatrist Dr Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett) to trick people into giving them money. Upcoming

The Woman In The Window, A. J. Finn

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Amy Adams stars as Dr Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who sees something she really should not have while spying on the Russell family next door. Upcoming

Stars at Noon, Denis Johnson

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Set in 1984, this story follows an unnamed American woman during the Nicaraguan Revolution as she works as a journalist — or so we're told. She then meets an unnamed English oil businessman (Robert Pattinson); the two fall in love and are forced to flee the country. 2021

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