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War & Peace; great, but has anyone read it? Not the cast of the new BBC production

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War & Peace, which took more than two years to make and included filming in three countries, brings together a crop of the finest young acting talent to play characters whose lives are turned upside down by impact of Napoleonic expansionism on Tsarist Russia Photo: BBC

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/12078324/War-and-Peace-great-but-has-anyone-read-it-Not-the-cast-of-the-new-BBC-production.html  | via @Telegraph

The Call of the Mountain

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I’ve just finished a fantastic book by my writer friend, Sam Neumann. I can’t say what I loved most about it without spoilers, so I’ll just say: READ IT.

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#mystery #thriller #crime #suspense #book #ebook

New ‘Ivanhoe’ Adaptation

books, Costume Dramas, Scotland

Irvine Welsh, Jon S. Baird Reteam To Adapt Walter Scott’s ‘Ivanhoe’


EXCLUSIVE
– Iconoclastic Scottish writer Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and director Jon S. Baird(Filth) are re-teaming for a bold new adaptation of the classic Walter Scott adventure tale Ivanhoe.  Jens Meurer is producing through his Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film banner. Meurer previously worked with Welsh and Baird on Filth, which is how this latest collaboration first sparked.

Basil Iwanyk and his company Thunder Road Pictures are also on-board as producers, along with Stuart Pollok , and Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer.

Very much the standard bearer for the knight in shining armour genre, Ivanhoe follows the story of a worthy and noble knight who returns to England after the third Crusades. He fights to restore the good King Richard, believed to be held captive in an Austrian prison, and depose Richard’s wicked brother John.

Scott’s iconic romantic novel, first published in 1820, has been adapted numerous times for the big and small screen, memorably in 1952 with a cast that included Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders and Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe.  The book is also notable for having first introduced audiences to the character of Robin Hood, known here as Locksley, and his band of merry men.

Via Deadline.com

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Alan Cumming Narrating Macbeth

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I haven’t really posted very much about books—which, you’re probably thinking, might have been the obvious topic of choice. The truth is, I barely find time to write my own books, let alone write about books by others. For a number of reasons, I have no plans ever to write a review (of any sort—book or otherwise), but I don’t mind sharing things that I like. Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son, is a powerful book, beautifully written. However, I read it on my Kindle, when I really should have listened to the audiobook—read by him. So now I will make up for my error by listening to him read a novelized version of Macbeth. (I just love listening to him.)

J.L. JARVIS