NEWS: P.D. James’ novel Death Comes to Pemberley hits the small screen!

Starting this Friday, 28 November at 8.30 pm on ABC 1, the long-awaited TV series of Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James finally hits our screens.

The three-part series, based on the best-selling P.D. James novel of the same name, is a murder mystery picking up where Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ended.

The cast includes Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Goode, Trevor Eve and Penelope Keith.

Adapted from PD James’s international bestselling novel, the three-part series Death Comes to Pemberley, marks the 200th anniversary year of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice. PD James’s inventive homage to Austen brings her much-loved world to life in a dazzling and original way with Austen’s best-known characters Elizabeth, Darcy and Wickham, at its heart.


death-comes-to-pemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley

by P.D. James

The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, as the guests are preparing to retire for the night a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen, P. D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story. Death Comes to Pemberley is a distinguished work of fiction, from one of the best-loved, most- read writers of our time.

Grab a copy of Death Comes to Pemberley here

NEWS: Netflix to adapt Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’!

the-bad-beginningFrom the LA Times: Netflix has secured the rights to Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” according to Deadline, with the bestselling series of books for kids to be adapted as a live-action series for the online streaming network.

There are 13 books in the “Unfortunate Events” series, beginning with 1999’s “The Bad Beginning” and ending with “The End” in 2006. The books, which are for middle-grade readers, have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.

A Series of Unfortunate Events” tracks the lives of orphan siblings Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire and their evil uncle Olaf, who conspires to steal their inheritance. Funny and dark, the series inverts many assumptions about what children’s books should be. The books are supposedly written by Lemony Snicket, a character created by author Daniel Handler.

Click here to read more at latimes.com

Click here to view the entire series of  A Series of Unfortunate Events 

Game of Thrones: Season 3 – Order Your Copy Today

Season 3 of Game of Thrones is out on DVD next week. Never before has a television show received as much attention as the extraordinary adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed novels.

In the third season of the hit HBO drama, the Lannisters barely hold onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power.

Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south.

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.

In one of the most celebrated series in television history, the battling families of Westeros continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested, and cruel fates are met.

Beat the rush, pre-order your copy of Game of Thrones: Season 3 today

Game of Thrones

Seasons 1 – 2

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Seasons One and Two of the epic HBO original series Game of Thrones are set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne.

With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, it’s a thrilling journey through a riveting and unforgettable landscape.

Check out Seasons 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones here

Trailer For Game of Thrones Season 4 Released

April is coming.

Slowly, but it’s coming.

The first trailer for the new season of Game of Thrones has been released ahead of its April premiere. As readers of the books will know, we’re creeping closer to all out war as more clans, all believing they have a claim to the iron throne, stalk closer and closer towards Kings Landing.

But enough speculation, here’s the trailer…

Exciting, no? New to Game of Thrones?

After having a good look at yourself, you can either read or watch the action. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

When Someday, Someday Maybe landed on my desk, I opened it with apprehension. According to the cover quote from Diane Keaton, the book from the star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood promised to be “warm and funny, charming and smart”, but a book about a twenty-something wannabe actress trying to make it in the nineties sounded like, at best, a poorly disguised memoir or, at worst, a misguided attempt at leveraging on a TV star’s fame to push a bad chicklit..

WRONG!

The woman we fell in love with in Bad Santa has written an entertaining, authentic, engaging read that I loved from beginning to end. Rather than labouring through the read, I mourned the last page, reluctant to leave the protagonist’s messy, dramatic and hopeful world.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is the story of Franny Banks, an unemployed actress who has six months left trying to make it in New York  until her self-imposed deadline, after which she will move to Chicago, take up a ‘normal’ job and marry her high school sweetheart.

Lauren Graham-MTO-008845Despite screwing up her monologue in her acting class showcase, she finally manages to land an agent, and it seems she might achieve her goal –  she’s getting auditions and callbacks, she’s able to pay her rent and the cute, talented guy from class is showing interest. But in the acting world, nothing is as it seems, and soon Franny is jobless, penniless and rudderless, wondering how she can make the rent and if she’s been fooling herself all along.

I loved following Franny’s story and could completely empathise with her; I saw myself in Franny Banks, from her wild curly hair to her addiction to bad men and fad diets. Franny makes bad, totally realistic choices but after the inevitable fall out, picks herself up, dusts herself off and has at it again.

It is this spunk, and the wit and charm with which her story is told, that endeared me to Franny and made me root for her right until the end, which, while not perfectly wrapped up, left me hopeful that she’d be alright. I loved her, and I loved this book.

Read more about Someday, Someday, Maybe here


There are few things in the world that Romance Specialist Haylee Nash loves more than a quiet reading giggle – you know, that silent shoulder-shake you get while reading a particularly funny part of a book when in a public place. Haylee would like to thank Lauren Graham for giving her several of these while taking public transport home after a particularly long day at work. If you’re ever in Sydney, Lauren, Haylee would like to buy you a sparkling wine.

Does Robb Stark Take Up Too Much Space On Trains?

Does Robb Stark take up too much space on trains?

That’s the question being asked around the world today, as Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is outed as a chronic space-taker-upperer on the popular tumblr site Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train.

Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train exposes a world of sexual politics that will strike a chord with anyone who has suffered at the hands of bad etiquette on public transport.

If there is one aspect of the modern age that matches the scheming, combative nature of Westeros and beyond, it is surely the public transport system. Continue reading

Kafka On The…. Toilet?

In what may be one of the strangest product placements of our time, a US toilet paper manufacturer has sent the message that girl bears like to read Franz Kafka when nature calls.

In a commercial for Charmin toilet paper, which features a series of interviews with animated bears about their bathroom habits (you heard me), one young bear holds up a copy of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and remarks, “Sometimes I like to bring a book.”

While Kafka’s magnum opus is undoubtedly one of the finest works of the last century, the tale of a small female bear reading The Metamorphosis while going potty is frankly one we didn’t see coming.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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for the toilet or otherwise…

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