Brilliant Books That Make Great TV Adaptations

By The Bookery

By The Bookery

This year we’ve seen some great TV adaptations of some brilliant books. Here are a few to get you started...

Slow Horses: Slough House Thriller 1

Mick Herron

£8.99 £8.54

Slough House is the outpost where disgraced spies are banished to see out the rest of their derailed careers. Known as the 'slow horses' these misfits have committed crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal while on duty. A funny, satirical, gripping spy story.

Heartstopper Volume 1: The bestselling graphic novel, now on Netflix!

Alice Oseman

£10.99 £10.44

A superb coming of age and romance television series developed for Netflix, adapted from the webcomic and graphic novel by Alice Oseman. Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love.

Life After Life: The global bestseller, now a major BBC series

Kate Atkinson

£8.99 £8.54

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.

Conversations with Friends: Now on BBC Three and iPlayer

Sally Rooney

£9.99 £9.49

We follow Frances, a 21 year old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time. Frances is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi is self-assured, outspoken and compelling.

Anatomy of a Scandal: Now a major Netflix series

Sarah Vaughan

£8.99 £8.54

This gripping novel follows a court case where a minister of the British Parliament, James Whitehouse, is accused of sexually assaulting his parliamentary researcher-cum-lover, Olivia Lytton.

The Essex Serpent: Now a major Apple TV series starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston

Sarah Perry

£8.99 £8.54

Historical fiction by Sarah Perry, this novel is set in Victorian London and tells the story of a widow from London named Cora who becomes engrossed by a local superstition of a mythical sea creature after relocating to a rural seaside village in Essex.

This is Going to Hurt: Now a major BBC comedy-drama

Adam Kay

£8.99 £8.54

A British medical comedy-drama television series, created by Adam Kay and based on his memoir of the same name. It is a collection of diary entries written by Kay during his medical training from 2004 to 2010. Kay's book discusses political issues in the health care system of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and societal conflicts between the general population and neglected doctors.

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

£8.99 £8.54

Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Little Fires Everywhere tells the story of Elena Richardson, a woman who thrives on structure and rules, and her family. When Mia Warren, an artist who has been living a nomadic lifestyle as a single mother with her daughter, Pearl, arrives in town, it threatens everything that Mrs. Richardson has known.

Normal People: One million copies sold

Sally Rooney

£9.99 £9.49

Normal People is a love story about Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), classmates in Sligo who move in and out of each other's lives through school and university. Connell is popular, sporty and handsome, with an easy manner that disguises his shyness.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

£9.99 £9.49

Where The Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Shadow and Bone: Shadow and Bone: Book 1

Leigh Bardugo

£8.99 £8.54

Narrated by Alina Starkov, a teenage orphan who grows up in the Russia-inspired land of Ravka when, unexpectedly harnessing a power she never knew she had in order to save her childhood best friend, she becomes a target of intrigue and violence. A darkly magical world created by Leigh Bardugo.

Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series

Dolly Alderton

£10.99 £10.44

Dolly Alderton vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out.

Daisy Jones and The Six: From the author of the hit TV series

Taylor Jenkins Reid

£9.99 £9.49

Daisy Jones is young, beautiful, talented and just beginning her ascent into music stardom when a producer pairs her up with The Six, an up-and-coming blues-rock band. Daisy Jones & the Six tells their story in all its unruly, sex-crazed, drug-fuelled glory by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1): The Sunday Times bestselling inspiration for the Netflix Original Series Bridge

Julia Quinn

£9.99 £9.49

Set against the backdrop of the Regency era, the eight close-knit siblings of the powerful and wealthy Bridgerton family – Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth – navigate London high society in search of love and happiness, surrounded by friends and rivals alike.

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