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6 Vintage books to read before the film

The sequel to Danny Boyle's iconic adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting is almost here. To celebrate the return of Renton and friends here are more Vintage titles making the leap to the big screen.

 

T2: Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh

'Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares'

When Danny Boyle adapted Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting for cinema it became a cultural icon. When news appeared that the original cast and creative team would reunite for a film based on Welsh's sequel, excitement reached fever pitch. Welsh's ear for dialogue and the skill of its idiomatic rendering make both books a reading experience to be enjoyed before Renton and crew take us on another ride.

 

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

'I had another name but it's forbidden now'

Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel has already been adapted for the big screen but a new TV series on Hulu promises to bring this classic to a whole new audience. Set in the near future it depicts an America living under a totalitarian theocracy and the struggles of oppressed women like Offred, the handmaid of the title.  

 

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Laurent Binet

'How many forgotten heroes sleep in history's great cemetery?'

The extraordinary story of the plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich has spawned not just one, but two film adaptations. Anthropoid is already released but the film that carries the same title as Binet's novel will be coming later this year. Alongside the nerve-shredding preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are a novelist writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up?

 

Wilson

Daniel Clowes

'Every single one of us has a story to tell'

Daniel Clowes has already helped create one film classic with 2001's Ghost World starring Scarlett Johansson. Wilson is a middle-aged loner who goes off in search of his ex-wife after the death of his father. The discovery of a daughter he never knew he had leads him on a mission to unite a family that have never been, and maybe never should be together.

 

On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan

'This is how the entire course of a life can be changed: by doing nothing'

At just 176 pages, McEwan's masterpiece of short fiction is more than manageable before his own film adaptation arrives, directed by Dominic Cooke. The story of the repercussions of one evening for a newly-married couple is the kind of book you'll want to devour in a single sitting yourself.

 

Tulip Fever

Deborah Moggach

'The world is chaotic. All artists know this, but they try to make sense of it'

Deborah Moggach already has one film hit under her belt with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and she also co-wrote the screenplay for Pride and Prejudice together with Emma Thompson. Her novel Tulip Fever has been adapted for the screen by none other than Sir Tom Stoppard and will star Oscar winners Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz and Dame Judi Dench.

 

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