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Books to Screens in 2020

12 February 2020

2020 is set to be a bumper year of bestsellers and classics getting the on-screen treatment, be it television adaptations or big budget movies. If you like to read before you watch then we have got the ultimate list to keep you busy - or if watching has piqued your interest in the original then look no further.

February

Dolittle (Movie)

Listen to the book by Hugh Lofting here 617595

Doctor Dolittle likes animals. In fact, he likes them so much he fills his house with every kind of creature imaginable and even learns to talk their language. And when the Doctor hears of a terrible sickness among the monkeys in Africa, soon he and his animal friends are setting off on the most unforgettable adventure.

Emma (Movie)

Listen to the book by Jane Austen here 7369

Emma Woodhouse, who loves to interfere in the romantic affairs of others, is oblivious to the matter of whom she herself should marry – after all she is beautiful, clever, rich, and contentedly single!

The Pale Horse (BBC 1)

Listen to the book by Agatha Christie here 13793

To understand the strange goings on at The Pale Horse Inn, Mark Easterbrook knew he had to begin at the beginning. But where exactly was the beginning? Wherever the beginning lies, Mark and his sidekick, Ginger Corrigan, may soon have cause to wish they’d never found it.

True History of the Kelly Gang (Movie)

Listen to the book by Peter Carey here 5689

This novel magnificently brings to life Australia in the late nineteenth century, and gives a voice to bushranger Ned Kelly, Australia's own Robin Hood. Carey gives us Kelly as orphan, horse thief, farmer, bank robber and reformer. Man Booker Prize Winner.

Call of the Wild (Movie)

Listen to the book by Jack London here 13171

In Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, strong sled dogs were in high demand. Buck is stolen from his comfortable home in California and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. Sold to a group of inexperienced gold hunters, he is eventually saved by John Thornton, with whom he forms a deep bond.

April

Normal People (BBC 3) - Spring 2020

Listen to the book by Sally Rooney here 12942

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

The Secret Garden (Movie)

Listen to the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett here 615060

Mary Lennox is sent from India to stay with her uncle in Yorkshire after the death of her parents in a cholera outbreak. Selfish and spoilt, she tries the patience of all around her, but when she discovers a locked garden and begins to tend it with the help of a local boy and her invalid cousin, she becomes a different person.

May

The Woman in the Window (Movie)

Listen to the book by A J Finn here 12623

Anna Fox lives alone in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times… and spying on her neighbours. Then the Russell’s move into the house across the way with their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble.

Artemis Fowl (Movie)

Listen to the book by Eoin Colfer here 616208

Only twelve years old and already a criminal mastermind, but even Artemis Fowl doesn't realise what will happen when he kidnaps a fairy. No ordinary fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit, is armed, dangerous and doesn't play by the rules.

October

Death on the Nile (Movie)

Listen to the book by Agatha Christie here 10470

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger, but in this exotic setting’ nothing is ever quite what it seems…

The Witches (Movie)

Listen to the book by Roald Dahl here 615425

Witches are real, and they are very, very dangerous. They wear ordinary clothes and have ordinary jobs, living in ordinary towns all across the world - and there's nothing they despise more than children. When an eight-year-old boy and his grandmother come face-to-face with the Grand High Witch herself, they may be the only ones who can stop the witches' latest plot to stamp out every last child in the country!

Late 2020 (dates to be confirmed)

The Last Letter from your Lover (Netflix)

Listen to the book by Jojo Moyes here 9080

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn't think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband - and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair despite her own romantic entanglements with a married man.