As we eagerly await the Oscar nominations here at the Book People, we thought we’d credit those books that have inspired the films likely to be vying for the biggest honour in the film industry.
Jane Hawking – Travelling to Infinity (The Theory of Everything)
We reckon both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones might be in with a shout for Best Actor and Best Actress for their portrayal of Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane in The Theory of Everything. Based on Jane’s bestselling memoir Travelling to Infinity, the film follows Jane’s wonderful, heartbreaking and tough experiences as she first falls in love with Stephen while studying at Cambridge and then cares for him as he battles motor neurone disease. The film made you laugh and cry – and you’ll need those tissues once more when you read through Jane’s open, honest and funny real-life experiences.
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
When Gone Girl was first published in 2012 it quickly became one of the most talked-about thrillers of recent times. A dark, twisting tale of the lies and paranoia that engulfed the desperately unhappy-in-love Amy and Nick Dunne, it arrived on the big screen in late 2014 in a film directed by David Fincher with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (in scintillating form – she could be our favourite for Best Actress) playing the couple. If anything, the book is even more gripping and we highly recommend you read (or re-read!) it to see if you can catch the clues…
Cheryl Strayed – Wild
Arriving in cinemas this weekend, Wild stars Reese Witherspoon and is directed by the Dallas Buyers Club’s Jean-Marc Vallée. Based on an extraordinary true story from Cheryl Strayed, it follows Cheryl as she decides to embark on a journey of redemption at the age of 26 when her life begins to fall apart. Walking 1100 miles along the West Coast of America – from the Mojave Desert to Washington State – alone, the book captures the extraordinary nature of Cheryl’s quest and how she began to enjoy life again. We recommend you read it and watch the film.
Andrew Hodges – Alan Turing: The Enigma (The Imitation Game)
One of the surprise hits of the year, The Imitation Game starred Benedict Cumberbatch as code-breaker Alan Turing and told the true story of how he broke the German Enigma code and helped bring an end to World War II. Set around Bletchley Park – Britain’s best code-breaking centre – the film celebrated Turing’s achievements and we expect Sherlock star Benedict to be in with a chance of Best Actor. The book the film was based on – Alan Turing: The Enigma – shows how Turing’s work and legacy lives on and covers the appalling treatment he faced after the end of the War.
Mark Schultz – Foxcatcher
Starring Steve Carell in a truly career-defining role, Foxcatcher tells the true story of brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal-winning brothers who are invited to train at billionaire John du Pont’s state-of-the-art Foxcatcher ranch. Supported by mesmerizing performances from both Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher explores the relationships the Schultz brothers had with du Pont and cleverly presents du Pont’s catastrophic break from reality – which led to tragedy. Written by Mark Schultz himself, the man who knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than anyone else, the book must be read!
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