With the hustling and bustling of the city of London and busy weekdays, I missed out on a few catchy new titles that are due to be published this year. They are:
- Cairo: My Country, My Revolution by Ahdaf Soueif
- No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer
- Home by Toni Morrison
- Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
- The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa
- For fan of The Passage, The Twelve by Justin Cronin
- Short story collection by Margaret Atwood
I have added the new titles according to the month it is and will be published onto my previous blog post: Anticipated books in 2012
Besides other new book titles you can find in the article, The Guardian UK has came up with an annual calendar to the literary events of 2012. Here we find out about books that will be released as a movie this year and some of our usual Book prize events such as the Orange Prize (June) and Man Booker Prize (October)
Susan Hill’s supernatural thriller The Woman in Black, the stage version of which has been sending shivers down the spines of audiences since 1989, is now set to do the same for cinema-goers. Stars a grown-up Daniel Radcliffe. I’m not sure I’m into horror thriller, I have consciously stay away from reading Susan Hill’s books so far…
Release of the film version of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, about a little boy grieving for his father who died in the 9/11 attacks. This is an interesting one that I hope to watch.
It’s also the UK release date of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s film of Maupassant’s Bel Ami, with Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson, a rare instance of a dreamboat being cast as a journalist). I love period film and I think with such exquisite casts, it is sure to be a winner.
Just over 50 years since it was first published, Jack Kerouac’s beat classic On the Road finally makes it to the big screen. The film will be directed by Walter Salles, with Francis Ford Coppola (who first bought the rights as far back as 1979) as executive producer. I’ll make sure I read the book this year!
Ang Lee’s film adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the story of a boy trapped on a boat with a tiger, will surely captivate audiences; the novel is the bestselling Booker-winner of all time.
The Great Gatsby gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment for the big screen, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan starring as Jay and Daisy. A timely new take on Fitzgerald’s depression-era classic.
I have watch Leonardo in Revolutionary Road movie last weekend and I like it. I am sure he will be amazing in Great Gatsby.
My review on The Great Gatsby
I have read both books and look forward to see how it would be adapted onto the big screens.
All in all and exciting year. Even if you were to do nothing but reading books and watching movies and keeping up with literary events, it is enough to keep you going for the year! :)