Golden Globes 2017 Movies Based on Books

We're still buzzing after the thrilling results of the Golden Globes 2017, and - excitingly for us booklovers - many of the movies and shows that received nominations were originally inspired by brilliant books. Check out some of these riveting titles below.

1. Arrival

2 nominations

This enthralling sci-fi film features peculiar, seemingly sinister creatures that arrive on Earth in huge, grey pods. Amy Adams stars as a talented linguist who is asked to try to understand and communicate with the aliens, and discover why exactly they've come to Earth. As she comes to understand their language, she also comes to realise their astonishing secret - a secret that will change the very fabric of reality. The film is based on Ted Chiang's short story, Story of Your Life.

2. Lion

4 nominations

Based on Saroo Brierley's memoir, A Long Way Home, this film follows a boy who is separated from his brother and ends up alone on the streets of Calcutta. He is eventually taken into an orphanage and then adopted by an Australian couple, with whom he is relatively happy. However, he can't help thinking about the family he lost. Can he find his mother, half a world away? The film stars Dev Patel as Saroo.

3. Hidden Figures

2 nominations

This incredible true story is based on Margot Lee Shetterley's novel of the same name, and follows NASA's African-American female mathematicians, who were pivotal figures in America's space program. These 'coloured computers' would calculate the flight paths and work out the equations that would enable historic scientific achievements and ultimately launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. The film stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as two of these inspirational scientists.

4. Game of Thrones

2 nominations

This incredibly successful television series is based on George R. R. Martin's riveting and famously unpredictable fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The series follows a range of characters - some of them loved, others loathed! - as they battle to win the Iron Throne and go to war not only with each other, but with an ever-growing undead army. The TV series features many well-known stars, including Emilia Clarke and Charles Dance, but it was Peter Dinklage who picked up a Golden Globe back in 2012 for his portrayal of the cunning and courageous Tyrion Lannister.

5. The Night Manager

4 nominations, 3 wins

This dark and gripping series is based on a novel of the same name by John le Carre. Tom Hiddleston stars as the night manager of a luxury hotel, but unexpectedly becomes entangled in a perilous mission to infiltrate the world of corrupt intelligence agencies, and who will discover a brutal arms trade.

6. Nocturnal Animals

3 nominations, 1 win

Based on Austin Wright's novel, Tony & Susan, this film stars Amy Adams as Susan, a frustrated and unfulfilled gallery owner who receives a mysterious package from her estranged ex-husband, Tony. It contains the manuscript of a novel, Nocturnal Animals, which Tony claims was inspired by Susan. As Susan starts to read the manuscript, she quickly becomes engrossed, and three plotlines begin to intertwine: Susan's current life, the narrative of Tony's manuscript, and flashbacks to the former couple's shared past. Is the manuscript a harmless work of catharsis - or a threat?

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    HBO's hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

    George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years.

    Three great storylines weave through the books, charting the civil war for control of the Seven Kingdoms; the defence of the towering Wall of ice in the uttermost north against the unearthly threat of the Others; and across the Narrow Sea the rise to power of Daenerys Targaryen and the last live dragons in the world.

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    Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield. One day, comfortable in her home, and her second marriage, she receives, entirely out of the blue, a parcel containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of his character Tony Hastings, a maths professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, so are we. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life. Tony and Susan is a dazzling achievement: simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret, revenge and aging, marriage and creativity. It is simply unique.
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    In The Night Manager, John le Carre's first post-Cold War novel, an ex-soldier helps British Intelligence penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers. "Le Carre is the equal of any novelist now writing in English". (Guardian). "A marvellously observed relentless tale". (Observer). At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities - about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine. In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carre creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted. "Complex and intense tension". (San Francisco Chronicle). "When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carre ...they were a journey into the wider world...These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind". (Aung San Suu Kyi). "One of those writers who will be read a century from now". (Robert Harris). "He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction". (Sunday Times (on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold)). "Return of the master...Having plumbed the devious depths of the Cold War, le Carre has done it again for our nasty new age". (The Times (on Our Kind of Traitor)). John le Carre was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, A Most Wanted Man and Our Kind of Traitor.
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    Aged five, Saroo Brierley was separated from his older brother and ended up alone on the streets of Calcutta. After weeks surviving alone, he was taken into an orphanage and later adopted by an Australian couple. Although happy with his new family, Saroo couldn't help but think about the family he'd lost. Years later, he swapped the map of India on his wall for Google Earth scouring it for landmarks he recognised from his childhood. One day, he saw something he recognised. And he set off on a journey to find his mother, half a world away...Saroo Brierley is an India born Australian businessman. He grew up with an adopted family in Tasmania, Australia.
    Ted Chiang
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    Now filmed as Arrival starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner With his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and evocative prose. From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the firmament above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality...Chiang's rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it. 'Story of Your Life', the fourth story in the collection, has now been filmed as Arrival: a major motion picture starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Academy Award-winner, Forest Whitaker.
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    SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as 'Human Computers', calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these 'colored computers' used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, 'Hidden Figures' interweaves a rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of four courageous women whose work forever changed the world.