Are you watching 'Anne with an E?'

18 May 2017

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This month the Macmillan Classics team are asking: how much should we tamper with the classics?

 

Debate is raging around the new Netflix series – Anne with an E – based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s much loved series of books about red headed orphan Anne Shirley.  Is the new, dark TV adaptation of Anne of Green Gables just too different from the original books for her loyal fans?

 

 
 
Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

If you want to compare the book to the series, or reacquaint yourself with an old favourite you can now read Anne of Green Gables in this beautiful new Macmillan Collector’s Library edition.

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The African Queen

The African Queen

The African Queen, the book which inspired the Oscar-winning film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Catherine Hepburn is also joining the Macmillan Collector's Library this month. That film stays quite faithful to the book written by C. S Forester - who is perhaps best known for his Horatio Hornblower books. In his new introduction to the book, Giles Foden explains that the novel is inspired by true events when at the outset of World War One when British forces attempted to arrest control of Lake Tanganyika. The result is a wonderful novel of adventure, bravado and romance.

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The Greengage Summer

The Greengage Summer

We have also just published a new edition of Rumer Godden's The Greengage Summer with an introduction by actress Jane Asher. Jane writes about how, at the age of 13, she was cast in the film version of the novel, in which she starred alongside Kenneth More and Susannah York.  She tells us how Rumer Godden, who based the coming-of-age novel which is set in the South of France on her own childhood, visited the film set several times; ‘It must have been strange for her to watch us re-enacting the events of her childhood, especially, perhaps, to watch me being her: to see me struggling through the same confusions and stirrings of desire that she had experienced all those years ago. The brilliance of her writing is that it doesn’t date: on rereading this today at the age she was when I made the film, it feels as fresh and poignant as if she had put it down yesterday.’
 

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See the full range of books in the Macmillan Collector's Library here.

Image credit: Caitlin Cronenberg, Netflix.