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Oscars 2016: Academy Award-nominated films based on books

The nominations are in, and this year, like every year, the 2016 Oscars ceremony will be abuzz with award chatter: winners, losers, snubs and controversies. And, like every year, the Academy will have selected a shortlist of Oscar nominees based in the realm of books. So, to save you the hard work of trawling the internet to find out for yourself, we have collected the complete list of Oscar 2016 nominees inspired by books. Take a look…


The Big Short
The Big Short BookWith an all-star cast including the likes of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell, The Big Short is sure to be a hit in the cinemas if not on the night of the Oscars ceremony. Based on Michael Lewis’s 2010 non-fiction work of the same name, The Big Short tells the story of four men who foresaw the collapse of the global economy and bet against the banks who had no idea it was coming. But their gamble leads the characters into the dark underbelly of modern banking, media and politics.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing

The Martian
The Martian BookThe buzz surrounding Andy Weir’s The Martian was pretty difficult to avoid. The film, directed by none other than Ridley Scott, stays true to the 2011 novel and follows Matt Damon as Astronaut Mark Watney, as he battles to survive on Mars after being left behind by his crewmates. Realising that his only chance of rescue is a crew scheduled to arrive on Mars in four years, Watney is forced to improvise with his provisions to ensure his survival. Meanwhile, on Earth, teams from NASA and the CNSA work together to get to Watney before his time runs out.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Room BookMany will find the subject matter of Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Room difficult to digest. Based very closely on two similar cases in Austria – those of Natascha Kampusch and Elisabeth Fritzl – Room tells the tragic story of five-year-old Jack and his Ma, who are kept as prisoners in a single-room outbuilding by their captor Old Nick. What Jack doesn’t know is that the things he sees on the TV are real, and that Jack is the product of Old Nick’s rape of Ma. Starring Brie Larson as Ma and introducing Jacob Tremblay as Jack, Room is both entirely heart-breaking and thoroughly uplifting in equal measure.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Revenant
The Revenant BookMany will not have heard of Michael Punke’s 2002 non-fiction novel The Revenant, which tells the story of American frontiersman Hugh Glass. Left for dead by his comrades after being brutally attacked by a bear, Glass is forced to fix his wounds – including setting his own broken bones and tending to deep lacerations – and begins a 200-mile journey to take revenge on those who left him to die. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, and directed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant is a gripping tale of survival and vengeance.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design

Brooklyn BookAdapted from Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel of the same name by none other than the wonderful Nick Hornby, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman who is unable to find work in 1950s Ireland and emigrates to New York. While there she falls in love and marries, but when her sister dies back in Ireland, she returns to Ireland and meets an old flame… Starring a hugely talented cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, Brooklyn is a story about the past catching up with you… wherever you are.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared BookAllan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday with a party his family have organised for him. But he doesn’t want a party, and he doesn’t want to celebrate. Alert despite his age, Allan climbs out of the window in just his slippers and makes his way to the bus station to travel as far as the money in his pocket will allow. When at the bus station he steals another passenger’s suitcase, which is filled with drug money, and Allan finds himself pursued by both the police and drug dealers.

Nominated for: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey BookWe’re sure that everyone on the planet has at least heard of E.L. James’s 2011 erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and many are probably more than a little acquainted with the book’s content. College senior Ana attends a newspaper interview with wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey. Finding him attractive and intimidating, the two begin a sexual relationship. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)

Spectre BookOriginally stylised in Ian Flemming’s 1961 James Bond novel Thunderball, Spectre marks the first time that the organisation have appeared in a James Bond film since 1971’s Diamonds are Forever, starring Sean Connery. Though not really based on a book at all, but starring a character and themes that have been well represented in literature, Spectre reintroduces audiences to a number of key James Bond characters, including M, Q and Eve Moneypenny. Spectre stars Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as agent 007, and is directed by Sam Mendes.

Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)

The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl BookA fictionalized account of one of the first identifiable people to undergo sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s, David Ebershoff’s 2000 novel The Danish Girl tells the true story of Lili Elbe and the struggles she went through to transition from a man to a woman during the early 20th century. Starring last year’s Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Testament of Youth actress Alicia Vikander, this year’s film has already won numerous awards, particularly for Vikander’s turn as portrait artist Gerda Wegener.

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design

Carol BookBased on Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, Carol chronicles the story of a young aspiring photographer and her romantic relationship with an older woman going through a difficult divorce after a chance encounter with each other in a shop – and details the difficulties of living as a homosexual in the 1950s. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Kyle Chandler.

Nominated for: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music (Original Score), Best Adapted Screenplay

We’re sure that no one on the planet would require an introduction to this classic fairy tale, brought to life once again by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Charles Perrault’s eponymous folk tale and borrowing elements from the 1950 animated picture, Cinderella introduces us once again to a girl who is abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, who has a wish granted by her fairy godmother to attend the ball – where she meets a handsome prince. The film stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Nominated for: Best Costume Design

New book trailer for Life of Pi author Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal, the eagerly awaited new novel from Yann Martel – the author of Life of Pi – is on its way and here at Book People, we’re all very excited. In fact, we’re so thrilled that our videographer Ollie has put together a very special exclusive book trailer for the novel:

Part-quest, part-ghost story and part contemporary fable, the book offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. It’s filled with tenderness, humour and endless surprise as it takes readers on a road trip through Portugal in the last century – and right through the human soul.

As always, we will be selling this novel at a truly unbelievable price. One of our hand-picked favourites, the book will be available to order from 2 February and will have a saving of at least 75% off RRP.

We’re also offering review copies to any book bloggers interested in reading the novel in exchange for posting a link to the video and website. If you’re interested, please contact Oliver Trimble: oliver.trimble@thebookpeople.co.uk


Book People’s bestselling book collections for 2016

Many of you would have made New Year’s Resolutions to read more books (or to encourage your children to…), but we know that January is tight for money. However, as part of our commitment to providing you with products you love at prices you won’t believe, Book People has some incredible value collections that will save you money and keep you reading throughout the first few months of 2016.

In our hand-picked selection, you’ll find children’s classics and contemporary reads for adults we’re sure you’ll love. Below, we offer a quick look at some of our favourites, but you can find even more in our Collections category.


Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Edition

Twenty-six books for £20! You will not find a better bargain than this… Featuring all of the Rev W. Awdry’s original stories in one beautiful box, each little hardback book has a traditional tale about Thomas and all his engine friends.


Roald Dahl Collection – 15 Books

Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG… The list of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels is bursting full of phizz-whizzing classics – and you can own them all in our brilliant slipcase for just £21.99.


Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection – 10 Books

With her flowing, rhyming text accompanied by bright and bold artwork from the country’s top illustrators, Julia Donaldson’s stories are a sheer delight for toddlers. This collection contains ten of her best!


Beasts of Olympus Collection – 3 Books

These three books provide children with an entertaining insight into the world of Ancient Greek mythology. As well as the quirky stories about a boy named Demon and his new role as Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, the books are full of illustrations.


Valentine’s Day Collection – 3 Books

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is coming around quickly – what better way to mark the occasion than with some novels that will make your heart swoon? These three hand-picked books are full of relationships, romance and escapism.


The Little Village School Collection – 3 Books

Gervase Phinn is a big favourite with Book People customers and this collection brings together three of the perennially popular Little Village School books. Charming and funny, they’re warming reads for the cold nights ahead.


School of Life: How to… Collection – 3 Books

These three self-help books are packed with advice that could prove itself very useful over the course of 2016. There’s a handbook full of hints on how to increase your creativity; a book about whether the digital age is a good thing; and an examination of just how much meaning we attach to money.


Man Booker Prize 2015 Collection – 6 Books


Including Marlon James’ winning entry A Brief History of Seven Killings, this collection brings together the six books that made up last year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist – and they’re all in beautiful, keepsake hardback format!

Congratulations to a Brief History of Seven Killings author Marlon James, Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015/

The winner for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced and all of us at Book People are sending huge congratulations to Marlon James, whose  follows the likes of Life of Pi, Wolf Hall and last year’s winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North in landing the prestigious award.

Not only will Marlon receive increased sales and profile in the literary world, but also £52,500 and a designer-bound copy of his novel.

Confrontational, controversial and compelling, A Brief History of Seven Killings was described as the ‘most exciting’ book on the shortlist by the judges and was inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the 70s.

Seven gunmen stormed into Bob Marley’s house in 1976 with machine guns blazing but were never caught… The book examines just what effect this had on Jamaica as it spans across three decades, various continents and over 75 characters – ranging from slum kids to drug lords and even the CIA.

Beating off competition from Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island, Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen, Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways, Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Blood and Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life to win the Booker Prize, the novel will become a favourite with many literary fiction fans.


Do you agree with the judges’ decision? Buy the entire shortlist – all in beautiful hardback format – from Book People for just £30, giving you a saving of £71 off RRP.

Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist – buy the collection and choose your winner!

One of the most esteemed literary prizes, the Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist has been announced and once again Book People customers can enjoy owning all six titles in beautiful hardback for the price of just £30. That’s a £71 saving off the RRP.

Previous Booker Prize winners include Yann Martel, Hilary Mantel and Maragaret Atwood, but who will join them this year? 2015’s Booker Prize-shortlisted authors are Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Marlon James, Hanya Yanagihara, Sunjeev Sahota and Anne Tyler. Below, we’ll look at each book in a little more detail.

Man Booker Shortlisted books 2015 collection books

Satin IslandTom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy Satin Island Man Booker Prize shortlist

Previously shortlisted for the Booker Prize back in 2010 for C, Satin Island finds Tom McCarthy introducing readers to U, a talented but uneasy consultant who’s ‘working’ for an elite consultancy in London. While he spends his day procrastinating and getting increasingly obsessed with the images of the world that surround him, he wonders if there’s a secret logic holding everything together…


The FishermenChigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma The Fishermen Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist

In this story that captures the spirit of Cain and Abel, four Nigerian brothers take advantage of their father’s long commute to enjoy a day fishing at a forbidden river when they should be at school. When they encounter a madman, he tells them one brother will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event that leaves a tragic and redemptive impact on the entire family.


A Brief History of Seven KillingsMarlon James

Marlon James Bob Marley A Brief History Of Seven Killings Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Described by the New York Times as ‘Like a Tarantino remake of ‘The Harder they Come’ but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley’, this book will take you right back to the 1970s when reggae culture was all around. Set in the violent slums of Kingston and taking in everything from disco to excess, it reimagines the attempted assassination of Rasta legend, Bob Marley.


A Little LifeHanaya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara A Little Life Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

A tale of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance this powerful novel follows four graduates who move from a small Massachusetts college to New York to make their way in the world. The friends are quick-witted and sometimes cruel JB, aspiring actor Willem, frustrated architect Malcolm and at the core of the friendship is the enigmatic Jude, a withdrawn litigator whose childhood experiences mark him as increasingly broken.


The Year of the RunawaysSunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota The Year of the Runaways Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Praised by Kamila Shamsie, this novel tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of the most unlikely family. Thirteen men live in a house in Sheffield and all of them are in desperate search of a new life. Sweeping between India and England, and childhood experiences and the present day, the book celebrates dignity in the face of adversity.


A Spool of Blue ThreadAnne Tyler

Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

Also shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015, Anne Tyler once again captures the trials and tribulations of family life in this tragic, comic novel. Abby and Red are getting older and decisions have to be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. The whole family has come to have the discussion, and from this moment hopes, fears, rivalries and tensions come to the fore.

Among the top book prizes around, you can also take a look at our favourite Man Booker award-winning books at this blog post.

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