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5 books hitting the screen in 2021

5 books hitting the screen in 2021

After the turmoil of 2020, 2021 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for books on screens big and small. Here's 5 books you should check out before their adaptations drop this year!



The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga - Netflix

Aravind Adiga's 2008 Booker Prize winning debut novel The White Tiger is hitting Australian Netflix 14 January.  The book is the darkly humerous rags-to-riches story of Balram Halwai (played by Adarsh Gourav in his debut feature), the son of a rickshaw driver who becomes a self-made entrepreneur in India after murdering his master. Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Farenheit 451) is directing, writing and producing the film.

Check out the trailer below!


Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Amazon Prime Video

In 2020 Reese Witherspoon announced she would adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling book Daisy Jones & The Six, which she says she 'devoured in a day'.

The book follows the titular Daisy Jones, an enigmatic musician who quickly becomes a rock superstar in 1970s LA. Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) is set to play the lead role, with the series hitting Amazon Prime Video some time this year.









Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney - BBC Three 

After the success of Normal People and its TV adaptation, BBC Three have announced they are adapting Sally Rooney's debut novel Conversations with Friends. The book follows Dublin college students Frances and Bobbi as they form a connection with an older married pair, Nick and Melissa.

We don't know much about who is set to star in the adaptation, but we do know that Lenny Abrahamson, co-director of the BBC version of Normal People, is returning to lead Conversations with Friends.










Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan - Netflix

Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend, Michelle Dockery and more are set to star in this adaptation of Sara Vaughan's 2018 thriller Anatomy of a Scandal. Better yet, the producers behind the Big Little Lies tv series, and the film Gone Girl, are on board as well!

The book depicts the crumbling marriage of James, a Home Office miniser, and Sophie, after an affair James had with his assistant, Olivia comes to light. Meanwhile, young barrister Kate prosecutes some of the most series cases of sexual assault in the UK.

The series is hoped to arrive on Netflix sometime this year.







Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty - Hulu

Fans of Nicole Kidman and the hit series Big Little Lies will no doubt be excited for Hulu's adaptation of another Liane Moriarty bestseller, Nine Perfect Strangers. Filming began in Australia's own Byron Bay last year, and the series is set to drop some time this year.

Nicole Kidman joins fellow actor Melissa McCarthy and Big Little Lies series creator David E Kelley in adapting the series, which follows nine troubled adults who attend a remote health resort run by shady cult-like leader, Masha.