Hilary Mantel’s bestselling historical novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” will be adapted into a miniseries for BBC that will air in 2013.
The miniseries will be in six parts and will be adapted by “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” co-writer Peter Straughan.
“Wolf Hall” centers on Thomas Cromwell, an advisor to King Henry VIII, and his attempts to navigate the treacherous waters of the English court, while “Bring Up the Bodies” tells the story of Henry’s second, ill-fated wife Anne Boleyn.
Two things I love: Opera and Thomas Hardy (not to be confused with actor Tom Hardy, whom I also love).
Ella Marchmill is on holiday with her husband, William, and their three children at a seaside resort. William is a gunmaker. (We dislike him already, as Hardy intended.) The house where they’re staying has two rooms reserved, says their landlady, for a young poet: “… a different sort of young man from most – dreamy, solitary, rather melancholy …”
Gone is the stigma associated with self-publishing. Best-seller lists now are jammed with self-published titles, and traditional publishers hunt online for the next E.L. James (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) or Amanda Hocking (“Trylle Trilogy”). Therefore, many independent authors are no longer interested in signing with traditional publishers, particularly if they have a fan base and pocket most of their cash. It is an appealing prospect, even if, like the majority of self-published authors, you aren’t a breakout success and only sell a few hundred or thousand copies.
Like most technology products, each new version of Amazon’s Kindle eInk reader is lower-priced than the last one. There’s been speculation that the price will eventually go to zero, perhaps taking a page out of the cell phone model where the consumer commits to a long-term plan. There’s no monthly service plan for a Kindle so I always figured Amazon would require consumers to purchase a minimum number of ebooks over a 1- or 2-year period instead.
That makes sense, but there’s a bigger play Amazon probably has in mind and I’ll bet it will eventually feature their tablet, the Kindle Fire.
Well, I don’t have a breakaway bestseller (yet), but I’m feeling pretty good about my sales now. I was able to fly British Airways Club World to Scotland last month on my book earnings; and, friends, that is a world in which you want to travel!
But one thing has not changed: most self-published books sell fewer than 100 or 150 copies, many authors and self-publishing company executives say. There are breakout successes, to be sure, and some writers can make money simply by selling their e-books at low prices. Some self-published books attract so much attention that a traditional publishing house eventually picks them up.
Richard Burton’s innermost feelings for Dame Elizabeth Taylor have been laid bare in newly released extracts from his diaries, which are set to be published later this year.
The Hollywood legend wrote about the ups and downs of his relationship with Taylor, who he wed twice, and now fans have been given a glimpse into the content of the books.
In 1968, during his first marriage to the “Cleopatra” icon, he gushed, “I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth. She has turned me into a model man but not a prig, she is a wildly exciting lover-mistress, she is shy and witty, she is nobody’s fool.
“She is a brilliant actress, she is beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography, she can be arrogant and willful, she is clement and loving. She is Sunday’s child, she can tolerate my impossibilities and my drunkenness, she is an ache in the stomach when I am away from her and she loves me.
“She is the prospectus that can never be entirely catalogued, an almanac for poor Richard. And I shall love her forever.”
Burton, a heavy drinker, also wrote about the issues the couple faced, and detailed a particularly shameful episode involving his wife.
In August 1969 he noted, “Yesterday was another terrible day. I behaved in a way to make a banshee look kind, good and sweet. Insulting Elizabeth, drunk, periodically excusing myself rather shabbily and then starting the rough treatment all over again.
“Sometimes I am so much my father’s son that I give myself occasional creeps. He had the same gift for damaging with the tongue, he had the same temporary violence, he had the same fidelity to Mam that I have to Elizabeth.”
“The Richard Burton Diaries” are due to be published in October.
I will make it my life’s work to find one of those Rebecca Greville romance novels!
Fellowes once described himself as “bottom of the top.” (Not quite upper class, you see). Yet, for many years, he was that classless thing—a jobbing actor. In desperation, he even went to Hollywood in search of work and was shortlisted to take over from Hervé Villechaize as a butler on Fantasy Island. He later played the role of the intriguingly named Lord Kilwillie on the British sitcom Monarch of the Glen and penned a novel, Snobs, about social climbers in search of a title. He also wrote bodice rippers under the pseudonym Rebecca Greville. (Hence the bodice ripping in Downton Abbey) [emphasis added].