Category Archives: Books

New Sherlock Holmes image

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Here’s our first proper look at Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in his new film, Mr Holmes.

Sir Ian plays the super sleuth as a 93-year-old now living in retirement with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her son.

But Sherlock is still haunted by a case he never solved (shock!) and sets out to search for the truth once and for all – but without the aid of his trusty Dr Watson.

The film is directed by Bill Condon who worked with McKellen on the brilliant Gods And Monsters. It will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month and should be in cinemas later this year.

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McBusted boys meet the fans

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Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from McBusted will be out and about this week signing copies of their children’s book.

The duo will be at Waterstones in Bluewater on December 16 and at the Reading store on December 18.

They’re promoting their book The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas. Lovely!

Even more Broadchurch

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This week it’s been announced the second series of Broadchurch will begin on ITV on January 5.

I was absolutely hooked by the first series, I thought it was a brilliant drama, even if we did all guess whodunnit!

Well now there’s more good news for fans as a series of digital short stories tied into each episode of the new series are being released.

Each e-book will be released at midnight following the Monday night episode and will include characters featured in that night’s episode, delving deeper into their lives.

I think this is a brilliant idea!

Game of Thrones fans needed…

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Game of Thrones fans, Westeros needs you!

Fans are being invited to submit artwork, songs, photographs, recipes and stories to be part of a new official compendium of the show.

All submissions must pertain to events that took place during series one to four of the TV series (so you can’t include anything from A Dance with Dragons).

Fans whose work is chosen will receive a copy of the book with their name listed as a contributor.

To find out more visit gameofthronescompendium.com. The book should be released in 2015.

Chris keeps writing

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Glee’s Chris Colfer has signed a new five-book deal for his Land of Stories books.

Colfer launched the series in 2012 and has already released three sequels with another due out next year.

As part of his new deal he’ll write the fifth and final book in the franchise plus some spin-offs before turning his attention to a new Young Adult novel about a young television actor, who is joined by fans on a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip.

A modern Little Women?

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The classic story of Little Women is to be brought into the modern age in a new drama for US TV.

The miniseries, which will be made by ABC and is being produced by British actress Natascha McElhone.

She’s expected to also star in the series which will see the March girls coming of age against the backdrop of a military scandal leading their family to lose their its fortune and position.

I have to say I have serious reservations about this. I read Louisa May Alcott’s stories as a teenager and have loved them ever since. I hope they don’t change them too much.