Read it before you see it – big screen adaptations coming to cinemas in 2016

Because there is no more satisfying phrase in the English language than ‘the book is better’…


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

based on… The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker

A true-life Catch-22 set in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, by one of the region’s longest-serving correspondents.

the-taliban-shuffleKim Barker is not your typical, impassive foreign correspondent – she is candid, self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud funny. At first an awkward newbie in Afghanistan, she grows into a wisecracking, seasoned reporter with grave concerns about US force’s ability to win hearts and minds in the region. In The Taliban Shuffle, Barker offers an insider’s account of the ‘forgotten war’ in Afghanistan and Pakistan, chronicling the years after America’s initial routing of the Taliban.

When Barker arrives in Kabul, foreign aid is at a record low, electricity is a pipe dream, and of the few remaining foreign troops, some aren’t allowed out after dark. Meanwhile, in the vacuum left by the US and NATO, the Taliban is regrouping.

Swift, funny, and wholly original, The Taliban Shuffle unforgettably captures the absurdities and tragedies of life in a war zone.

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The Legend of Tarzan

Based on… The Return of Tarzan

John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke, is marooned on the west coast of Africa as an infant, and is adopted by a tribe of apes.

xtarzan-of-the-apes-the-return-of-tarzan.jpg.pagespeed.ic.qHWADKpl5cA feral child, he matures into Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, with the ability to climb, jump, and swing from vines, while maintaining flawless ethics and judgment whenever he is thrust back into the bonds of society.

Edgar Rice Burrough’s stories of this preternatural hero inspires readers to examine their own morality and their relationship with the great outdoors.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Based on… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by J.K. Rowling

As featured in the first year set texts reading list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-Muggle world.

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themSome of the animals featured in the A-Z you will have already met in the existing Harry Potter books: for example Hippogriff, Flobberworm, Kappa – others you certainly won’t: read on to find out exactly what a Chizpurfle is, or why one should always beware of the sinister Lethifold …

As Albus Dumbledore says in his introduction, this set text book by Newt Scamander has given the perfect grounding to many a Hogwarts student. It will be helpful to all Muggles out there too …On reading the book you will also find that Harry, Ron and (in one instance) Hermione – couldn’t resist grafittiing the book, and adding their own personal hand-written opinions.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Based on… Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland.

xthrough-the-looking-glass.jpg.pagespeed.ic.3kJurZqOzxShe finds herself caught up in the great looking-glass chess game and sets off to become a queen. It isn’t as easy as she expects: at every step she is hindered by nonsense characters who crop up and insist on reciting poems. Some of these poems, such as ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’ and ‘Jabberwocky’, are as famous as the Alice stories themselves.

Gloriously illustrated with the original line drawings by John Tenniel, colour plates and a foreword by Philip Ardagh, this beautiful hardback edition of Lewis Carroll’sThrough the Looking-Glass, which was first published by Macmillan in 1871, is a truly special gift to treasure.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Based on… 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff

The true account of the events of 11 September 2012, when terrorists attacked a US State Compound and a nearby CIA station in Libya, one of the most dangerous corners of the globe.

x13-hours.jpg.pagespeed.ic.owFQEeWF7XOn that fateful day, a team of six American security operators stationed in Benghazi fought to repel mounting enemy forces and escalating firepower, to protect the Americans stationed there, including the US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

Going beyond the call of duty, the team ignored orders to stand down and instead choked back smoke, fought wave after wave of machine-gun fire and retook the Compound, averting tragedy on a much larger scale although four Americans would not make it out alive.

Recounting the 13 hours of the now infamous attack, this personal account is both blistering and compelling, and sets the story straight about what really happened on the ground, in the streets and on the rooftops.

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The Jungle Book

Based on… The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli, the man-cub who is brought up by wolves in the jungles of Central India, is one of the greatest literary myths ever created.

the-jungle-book-popular-penguinsAs he embarks on a series of thrilling escapades, Mowgli encounters such unforgettable creatures as Bagheera, the graceful black panther, and Shere Khan, the tiger with the blazing eyes.

A rich and complex fable of human life, Kipling’s enduring classic dazzles the imagination with its astonishing descriptive powers and lively sense of adventure.

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 Allegiant

Based on… Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

xallegiant.jpg.pagespeed.ic.A0iLSofTrYThe faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

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Room

Based on… Room by Emma Donoghue

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room and the outside world

xroom.jpg.pagespeed.ic.OJYqQ8WU0EJack is five and, like any little boy, excited at the prospect of presents and cake. He’s looking forward to telling his friends it’s his birthday, too. But although Jack is a normal child in many ways – loving, funny, bright, full of energy and questions – his upbringing is far from ordinary : Jack’s entire life has been spent in a single room that measures just 12 feet by 12 feet; as far as he’s concerned, Room is the entire world.

He shares this world with his mother, with Plant, and tiny Mouse (though Ma isn’t a fan and throws a book at Mouse when she sees him). There’s TV too, of course – and the cartoon characters he thinks of as his friends – but Jack knows that nothing else he sees on the screen is real. Old Nick, on the other hand, is all too real, but only visits at night – like a bat – when Jack is meant to be asleep and hidden safely in Wardrobe. And only Old Nick has the code to Door, which is otherwise locked…

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Based on… Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

by Seth Grahame-Smith

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.’

xpride-and-prejudice-and-zombies.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ztIUSO9XylSo begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton — and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers — and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

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The 5th Wave

Based on… The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

xthe-5th-wave.jpg.pagespeed.ic._uUAW8sUebAfter the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

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The BFG

Based on… The BFG by Roald Dahl

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Every night, when the world is sleeping, big gruesome giants guzzle up whoppsy-whiffling human beans.

And there’s only one giant who can stop them – the BFG.

He’s the kindest giant there is and, with his friend Sophie in his top pocket, he sets out to rid the world of the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and all their rotsome friends forever…

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Snowden

Based on… The Snowden Files by Luke Harding

xthe-snowden-files.jpg.pagespeed.ic.BjYzcDNE5ZInvestigative journalism at its best, The Snowden Files tells the story of the individuals behind the biggest leak in history and the forces that tried to stop them.

It began with a tantalising, anonymous email: “I am a senior member of the intelligence community…” No name, no job title, no further details. What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach in history: leaking highly sensitive secrets from the heart of US power.

The Snowden Files is about how a 29-year-old contractor working for the top secret National Security Agency became the world’s most wanted man. It is about the journalists who stumbled into the story of their lives and published against the odds.

Moving between Hong Kong and Hawaii, London to New York, the NSA and GCHQ, awardwinning Guardian journalist Luke Harding spins a high-octane account of secrets and defiance, integrity and intrigue.

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The First Trailer for The BFG Movie has been Released!

If a project contains the creative forces of Roald Dahl, Disney and Steven Spielberg, it’s going to be pretty spectacular.

The long talked about live action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book The BFG won’t be here until July 2016, but we have the very first trailer to enjoy!

Starring Mark Rylance, who played Thomas Cromwell in the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, the film also boasts the talents of Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall and Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement.

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by Roald Dahl

The BFG. is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country.

All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans – with some help from Her Majesty The Queen.

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Brad Pitt set to turn Aussie YA thriller Illuminae into Hollywood film

Australian authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have signed a deal with Brad Pitt’s movie production company, Plan B Entertainment (along with Warner Bros.) to turn their young adult thriller Illuminae into a major Hollywood film.

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Since it hit the shelves, the book – which is told through a dossier of found documents, classified files, texts, instant messages and spaceship schematics – has garnered rave reviews, skyrocketing it to the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list in its first week.

Pitt will produce the film along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. The search for a screen writer has now begun.

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Check out our book review of Illuminae here


Illuminae

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

illuminaeKady and Ezra thought their break-up was messy until they witnessed their entire world literally falling apart. Now they’re piecing together what’s left of their lives, and their romance, and trying to survive an intergalactic war. An innovatively designed story that’s best described as Battlestar Galactica meets 10 Things I Hate About You.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight … Read more.

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Order Testament of Youth and receive a double pass to see it in Cinemas!

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In celebration of the release of Testament of Youth, which has been described by the Evening Standard as “Stunningly good…desperately moving”,  we are giving you a free double pass to see the film when you order a copy of the book.

Synopsis: Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Order Testament of Youth and receive a free double pass to see this breathtaking film on the big screen.


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by Vera Brittain

A film tie-in edition of Vera Brittain’s classic autobiography, published to coincide with the major motion picture adaptation starring Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Kit Harington.

In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life – and the life of her whole generation – had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era. Testament of Youth, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain’s account of how she survived the period; how she lost the more…

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Vera Brittain (1893-1970) grew up in the north of England. At the end of the war she moved to Oxford where she met Winifred Holtby, author of South Riding. poet-brittain.

Have you won a Shaun the Sheep prize pack?

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It seems everyone is obsessed with Shaun the Sheep. Young and old have fallen in love with this super cute, woollen funster. And to celebrate the release of the movie we gave customers the chance to win a Shaun the Sheep prize pack, which also includes a double pass to see the movie.

All you had to do to win this awesome pack was order from the Shaun the Sheep series by March 26th.

…and the winner is:

A.Palmerlee, Randwick, NSW


Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have more prizes to giveaway! You could win an awesome Mother’s Day gift. Check them out here.

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WIN a Shaun the Sheep Prize Pack!

We’re kind of obsessed with Shaun the Sheep, that super cute, woollen funster.

And wouldn’t you know it, we gave our Facebook Fans the chance to win a double pass to see Shaun the Sheep at the movies. Congratulations to Heather Gray, Mary Jane Hurst, Kez McKenzie, Kellie Thorne, Jenny Newstead! Email us at promos@booktopia.com.au to claim your prize.

For those that missed out, not to worry. You can still win a double pass AND a Shaun the Sheep Prize Pack! Simply order anything from our Shaun the Sheep series by March 31st and go in the draw to win.

Click here to see our Shaun the Sheep series

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The Book of the Film

When Shaun decides to take a day off to have some fun, he gets more adventure than he baa-gained for!

Shaun’s mischief accidentally leads to the Farmer’s absence from the farm, so it’s up to Shaun and the Flock to travel to the Big City to find him.

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Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine to Star in The Girl With All the Gifts adaptation

One of our favourite novels of last year, M.R. Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts, is being given the Hollywood treatment. And the cast couldn’t be much better.

Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be joined by Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in the adaptation, the name to be altered slightly to She Who Brings Gifts.

Colm McCarthy, the director of the BBC series of Sherlock, will make his feature directing debut with shooting to start in May.

If you haven’t read the book yet, you must. It’s a genre bender, full of twists and turns, beautiful and terrifying all at once.

Grab a copy of The Girl with all the Gifts here

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by M.R. Carey

An incredible, heart-breaking story about hope and humanity and a young girl who tries to save the world.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’.

She loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her.

She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh…

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