EIBF 2011: five book-to-screen adaptations

Featuring Joe Dunthorne, Val McDermid, Michel Faber, Alan Hollinghurst and Alexander McCall Smith

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This article is from 2011.

EIBF 2011: five book-to-screen adaptations

Submarine

Joe Dunthorne

With his debut, Submarine, the Welsh poet and author captured the peculiar, rainy-day awkwardness of adolescence, and Richard Ayoade’s film, with Dunthorne’s assistance, did a fair old stab at bringing it further to life.
19 Aug, 10.15am, £10 (£8).

Val McDermid

Taken from a line in TS Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’, Wire in the Blood brought Fifer McDermid to national attention thanks to Robson Green and Hermione Norris and some of the most lurid serial killers ever brought to ITV viewers. Which is saying something.
18 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£8).

Michel Faber

Viewed by some as one of contemporary literature’s most unfilmable authors, the Beeb did a fine old job with the recent adaptation of Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White about the dark side of Victorian London featuring Romola Garai, Richard E Grant and Gillian Anderson.
18 Aug, 8.30pm, £7 (£5).

Alan Hollinghurst

One of the quickest adaptation turnarounds in literary history, The Line of Beauty had barely had time to enjoy its status as the 2004 Booker winner when a BBC version arrived of this tale of a gay Oxford graduate in early to mid-80s Thatcherite Britain.
20 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£8).

Alexander McCall Smith

The gentle crime stories of Mma Ramotswe were shockingly transformed into a blood and guts-strewn horror thriller by David Cronenberg. Not really, the late Anthony Minghella was tasked with adapting The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency for the BBC and everyone thought it was all rather splendid.
19 Aug, 8pm; 20 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£8).

Submarine Feature Trailer

wire in the blood trailer

'The Crimson Petal and the White' preview

The Line of Beauty

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This article is from 2011.

Alan Hollinghurst

It's seven years since Alan Hollinghurst's last novel, The Line of Beauty, was published – a story so powerful that it beat David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas to win the 2004 Booker Prize. His follow-up, The Stranger's Child, is perhaps the most hotly-anticipated British novel of the year. In an epic story of two families from…

Joe Dunthorne

His debut Submarine was made into a delightful movie by Richard IT Crowd Ayoade, but what fate awaits his upcoming second novel, Wild Abandon, the story of a young boy's fear of the apocalypse?

Michel Faber

The astonishing, triumphant television adaptation of Michel Faber's novel The Crimson Petal and the White represents a radical new step for the previously tired costume drama genre. In this event, Faber discusses his book with Lucinda Coxon, who adapted the novel for television, award-winning director Marc Munden, and…

Val McDermid

Meet award-winning crime writer Val McDermid and hear snippets from her latest novel.

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