Discover the books that have inspired some of our favourite films and TV shows.
The Durrells, ITV's hit comedy-drama about the lives of the dysfunctional Durrell family is based on the famous memoirs, written by conservationist Gerald Durrell. His first memoir, My Family and Other Animals, has been constantly in print since it was first published by Penguin Books in 1956.
At some point in your life you will have seen 1960s animated film, or the newer 2016 live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, but have you ever read Rudyard Kipling’s original 1894 story?
This 50s adventure film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is deemed ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically significant’ by the US Library of Congress and, just as importantly, holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If the film is regarded with such success, imagine how remarkable C. S. Forester’s original novel is.
Steven Spielberg adapted this sci-fi spectacle in 2005 to critical acclaim, but it was more than a hundred years earlier that genius author H.G. Wells came up with the ‘crippled and monstrous’ aliens who would invade our earth. Read Wells’ original story before a new TV adaptation comes to BBC One later in the year.
Francis Ford Coppola’s epic war film, Apocalypse Now, was inspired by Joseph Conrad’s classic adventure story. Coppola swapped Conrad’s 19th century Congo setting for the Vietnam War - you’ll be amazed at the stark comparison between the two.
This true story about Joy and George Adamson raising a lioness in Kenya won two Academy awards, a Golden Globe and a Grammy following its big screen release in 1966. The book, written by Joy herself, is an inspirational and enchanting account of her life with Elsa the lioness.
You’re bound to have seen Baz Luhrmann’s stunning adaptation starring Leonardo Dicaprio, or the award-winning 1974 film starring Robert Redford, but have you read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s equally unforgettable novel, which is packed with the same dazzling characters and gorgeous 1920’s setting?
In 1940 Disney produced their second ever feature length cartoon, Pinocchio. The story of a young puppet who wants to be a ‘real boy’, on which the film was based, was created by Italian author Carlo Collodi, and first published in 1883.
Disney adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate story Treasure Island with stunning animation, fast forwarding the story few hundred years to be set in space. The original Stevenson story is beautifully written and just as magical, imaginative and heartwarming.
Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes brought this musical children’s adventure to life on screen, but you might be surprised to hear who penned the story of the Pott children’s adventures with the flying car. It was none other than the author of the original James Bond novels, Ian Fleming.
Graham Greene was asked to adapt his Vienna-set crime novel for film by British film director, Carol Reed, with the adaptation starring Orson Welles in the lead role as Harry Lime. Read The Third Man, along with more of Greene’s writing, in the Macmillan Collector’s Library edition.
The adventures of the Waterbury children are best known by some from the 70s British teatime drama, but they were originally brought to life by author E. Nesbit, who also wrote children’s classic, Five Children and It.