If you’re one of those god-awful people who need to tell everyone how much better the book was than the movie, you’d better get started on this lot quickly.
1. The Book Thief, Markus ZusakPrint Length: 560 pages Publisher: Transworld Digital (September 2008) USA release: 3 October 2013 UK release: 26 February 2014
Nine-year-old Liesel lives with her foster parents on Himmel Street, having lost both parents to a Nazi concentration camp. She discovers the power of words from a stolen gravediggers’ instruction manual, just as the Nazis begin to crack down on ‘inflammatory’ literature.
2. Gone Girl, Gillian FlynnPaperback: 496 pages Publisher: Phoenix (3 Jan 2013) USA release: 3 October 2014 UK release: 3 October 2014
Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears, on the day of her wedding anniversary. Her husband Nick (Ben Affleck), is distraught. In the hunt for her, all sorts of skeletons come out of her proverbial closet, and Nick begins to wonder how well he really knows her.
3. The Fault in Our Stars, John GreenPrint Length: 336 pages Publisher: Penguin (3 May 2012) USA release : 6 June 2014 UK release: 20 June 2014
Two teenage patients meet at a cancer support meeting, and fall in love.
The title is inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Ceasar’: ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.’
4. Mockingjay – Part 1, Suzanne CollinsPrint Length: 448 pages Publisher: Scholastic (25 Aug 2010) UK & US release: 21 November 2014
The third and final book in The Hunger Games’ franchise will be dragged out over 2 films, much like the final Twilight installment. In Mockingjay, Katniss faces the Capitol and the consequences of the uprising she sparked. Movie stars the usual cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson & co.
5. The Hundred-Foot Journey, Richard C. MoraisPaperback: 320 pages Publisher: Alma Books Ltd (16 May 2011) USA release: 8 August 2014 UK release: 12 September 2014
The Hundred-Foot Journey is about an Indian family who move to France and open a restaurant opposite a Michelin-starred French restaurant. The title refers to the hundred-foot distance between Indian and French kitchens, cultural and otherwise.
The film is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg and stars Helen Mirren.
6. The Giver, Louis LowryPaperback: 240 pages Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books (5 May 2008) USA release: 15 August 2014
In a futuristic world, Jonas’ community seems to have solved the problems of war, pain and hunger. Every member of the community has their profession selected for them, and Jonas is chosen as the Receiver of Memory.
What he learns in his new role changes everything, and he sets out on a mission to set things right.
7. Serena, Ron RashPaperback: 384 pages Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (1 July 2010) USA release date: September 2014
In the mountains of North Carolina during the Depression, newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive to establish their timber empire. Serena takes surprisingly well to rural working life, but the Pemberton’s marriage begins to unravel when she learns she can’t bear a child. Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper as the Pembertons.
8. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix (10 Jun 2010)
As a seven-year-old, Libby Day witnessed her brother massacre the rest of her family, while she hid in a cupboard. Many years on, a society of crime-obsessives called The Kill Club ask her to unearth those memories, and to question whether her brother was really guilty.
Starring Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron.
9. A Long Way Down, Nick HornbyPaperback: 272 pages Publisher: Penguin; (5 May 2005) UK release: 21 March 2014
It’s New Year’s Eve, and an eclectic group gather on the same rooftop to end it all. Instead, the disgraced TV presenter, disillusioned single mum, angsty eighteen-year-old and American rock-god find friendship, and a reason to live.
The film stars Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike, and the book was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
10. The Monuments Men, Robert M. EdselPrint Length: 496 pages Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (1 July 2013) USA: 7 February 2014 UK: 14 February 2014
The Monuments Men were a platoon of unlikely heroes. Their task was to restore Europe’s plundered cultural heritage, in the wake of World War II. It resulted in one of history’s greatest art heists.
Stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman.