Published on 13/01/2015 by Jean Roberts
Big screen and small adaptations of books were amongst some of the big winners at this year’s Golden Globe’s. Here is a collection of some of the top awards and the books that inspired and accompanied them.
Motion picture, comedy or musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig
The Society of the Crossed Keys: Selections from the Writings of Stefan Zweig, Inspirations for the Grand Budapest Hotel
'I had never heard of Zweig until six or seven years ago, as allthe books began to come back into print, and I more or less by chance bought a copy of Beware of Pity. I immediately lovedthis book, his one, big, great novel-and suddenly there weredozens more in front of me waiting to read.' Wes Anderson
Actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical & Best Screenplay
Michael Keaton for Birdman, based on the Broadway version of Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK.
Actress in a motion picture, drama
Julianne Moore for Still Alice, based on the novel by Lisa Genova
When Alice finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer's Disease she is just fifty years old.
Losing her yesterdays, living for each day, her short-term memory is hanging on by a couple of frayed threads. But she is still Alice.
How to Train Your Dragon 2, based on the books by Cressida Cowell
How to Train Your Dragon
Read the books that inspired the DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon films. THE STORY BEGINS in the first volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs...Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. Read all about Hiccup and all of your favourite characters, learn to speak Dragonese and train your own dragon to do tricks!
Actor in a motion picture, drama & Original film score
Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, based on Jane Hawking's memoir, Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen
Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything
In this compelling memoir his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family will be inspirational to anyone dealing with family illness. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with readers everywhere.
Supporting actor, series, miniseries or TV movie
Matt Bomer for The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer's play.
This is the definitive edition, of Larry Kramer's passionate, polemical drama set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. With a revised text and new introductory material, it was published twenty-five years after the play's 1986 British premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London. A quarter of a century after that premiere, the play's prescience and its searing emotional power are beyond doubt.
Supporting actress, series, miniseries or TV movie
Joanne Froggatt for Downton Abbey, which has inspired many companion books.
Year in the Life of Downton Abbey Companion to Series 5
It's 1924 and there have been many changes in the world of Downton Abbey since we were first welcomed by the family and their servants twelve years ago. Packed full of exclusive new photography and brimming with traditional British recipes for each calendar month, such as Eton mess and sloe gin, this beautiful book takes us on a fascinating journey through a year in the life of Downton Abbey.
- May 2016
- November 2015
- February 2015
- January 2015
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- ...let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea - 23/04/2014
- Mapping the birth of Modernism - a blog by Kevin Jackson - 16/04/2014
- The Great British Bookshop goes to The Fair - 09/04/2014
- The Desmond Elliott Prize - what's the best first novel? - 03/04/2014
- Clandestino – In Search of Manu Chao - 02/04/2014
- March 2014
- December 2013