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Colin Firth To Star In THE SECRET GARDEN: Today in Books

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Colin Firth To Star In The Secret Garden

Colin Firth and Julie Walters will star in an upcoming film adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Firth will play Archibald Craven, uncle of 10-year-old Mary Lennox, played by Dixie Egerickx, who’s sent to live with him at Misselthwaite Manor. Walters will play Mrs. Medlock, Misselthwaite’s head housekeeper. The adaptation moves the story from “the Edwardian era to 1947, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain.”

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Debut Tops List of Books By Women That Have Changed The World

In a people’s poll of the books by women that have changed the world, Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race topped the list. Eddo-Lodge’s debut novel beat out the 10 other shortlisted books, which included Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women. The poll was conducted for Academic Book Week.

2018 Nobel Prize In Literature May Not Happen This Year

This year’s Nobel Prize in Literature may be cancelled for 2018 due to the recent resignations of four members of the Swedish Academy, which determines the Prize, and its permanent secretary. Three members resigned in protest of a vote not to expel member Katarina Frostenson whose husband was accused of sexual assault and of leaking the names of seven past Nobel winners. Whether or not the 2018 prize will be awarded this year or next (alongside the 2019 prize) will likely be determined by the Academy next Thursday.


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