Books to TV/Film 2021

Image shows book covers: Death on the Nile, Conversations with Friends, The Dry

Here at Calibre we love it when some of our favourite books make it to the small or big screen and 2021 has been a great year for that with some amazing productions available to watch and read. It also raises the age old debate of do you read the book before watching it on screen, or do you watch the screen adaption and then read the book. In this article we've bought you some of the best that we've loved watching this year and some still to be screened that we're very excited about, alongside their accompanying books. You just have to decide book then screen or screen then book....?

On screen: Lupin

Based on the book: Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar by Maurice LeBlanc (14186)

Devilish, debonair rogue, Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar, robs from within prison, leaves its walls with ease, steals priceless diamonds from the rich and outwits the greatest detective of all: Sherlock Holmes. These eight dazzling short stories display some of Lupin’s greatest thefts and escapes.


On screen: The Handmaid’s Tale

Based on the book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (5427)

Offred is a Handmaid in the religious totalitarian state of Gilead, formerly the United States. Her only function is to breed, to repopulate a devastated world, or die. But even a repressive state cannot wipe out hope and desire...


On screen: The Pursuit of Love

Based on the book: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (5615)

The story of the vivacious and passionate Linda, destined to fall in and out of love and marriage before finding happiness with Fabrice, the Duke of Sauveterre.


On screen: The Pembrokeshire Murders

Based on the book: The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Bullseye Killer by Steve Wilkins (14027)

Operation Ottawa was the cold case detection of John Cooper for two double killings: the Scoveston Manor murder of Richard and Helen Thomasin 1985 and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path murder of Peter and Gwenda Dixon in 1989. Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins tells how he used cutting edge forensic techniques to prove Cooper's involvement in the crimes, and how the TV programme Bullseye led to a crucial identification.


On screen: Behind her Eyes

Based on the book: Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (11974)

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He's a successful psychiatrist; she is his picture-perfect wife. But as Louise, David's newsecretary, is drawn into their world, she realises that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can't guess how wrong – and how far someone might go to protect their marriage's secrets.


On screen: The One

Based on the book: The One by John Marrs (12204)

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they are with just one other person, their perfect partner, millions have taken the quick DNA test, desperate to find true love. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others...


On screen: Conversations with Friends

Based on the book Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (12464)

Frances, Bobbi, Nick and Melissa ask each other endless questions. As their relationships unfold, in person and online, they discuss sex and friendship, art and literature, politics and gender and, of course, one another.


On screen: The Girl Before

Based on the book: The Girl Before by J P Delaney (12107)

Jane stumbles on the chance to live in a beautiful house designed by an enigmatic architect, on the condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there. Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined...


On screen: The Long Call

Based on the book: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (13911)

In North Devon, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too. Now he's back to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region. A body has been found on the beach: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. Finding the killer is Venn’s only focus, and his team’s investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind, and the deadly secrets that lurk there.


On screen: Cruella

Based on the book: 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith (617556)

Cruella de Vil is enough to frighten the spots off any Dalmatian puppy. So when she steals a whole family of them, the puppies’ parents, Pongo and Missus, lose no time in mounting a daring rescue mission. Will they be in time to thwart Cruella’s evil scheme, or have they bitten off more than they can chew?


On screen: The Dig

Based on the book: The Dig by John Preston (14896)

In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs Pretty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find. John Preston's recreation of the Sutton Hoo dig - the greatest Anglo-Saxon discovery ever in Britain - brilliantly and comically dramatizes three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.


On screen: Peter Rabbit 2

Based on the books by: Beatrix Potter by Linda Lear (11745)

Beatrix Potter's books are adored by millions, but they were just one aspect of an extraordinary life. She was also a powerful landowner who conserved acres of Lakeland countryside. This captivating biography brings us the passionate, unconventional woman behind the beloved stories.


On screen: The Last Letter from your Lover

Based on the book: The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes (9080)

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn't think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband - and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair despite her own romantic entanglements with a married man.


On screen: Death on the Nile

Based on the book: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (10470)

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger, but in this exotic setting’ nothing is ever quite what it seems…


On screen: Chaos Walking

Based on the book: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (617160)

Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men and you can hear everything they think - and they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man but his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.


On screen: The Dry

Based on the book The Dry by Jane Harper (11901)

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier.

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