The Open Page... to Screen: TV Adaptation Special
The Open Page… to Screen Featuring: Mark Billingham, Louise Candlish and Fiona Cummins
Mark Billingham started his career, 20 years ago, as the new young voice in crime fiction. He brought a fresh, edgy and terrifying twist to the genre and Tom Thorne was every bit as quirky and different a character as his creator. The intervening two decades have seen Billingham grow from a young maverick, pushing the boundaries and challenging the assumptions of crime writing by both the trade and the readers themselves, into the role of statesman of the genre, supporting new writers and confronting his own social conscience through his work. We all acknowledge that the crime novel can (in the words of Billingham himself) ‘shine a light into some of the darker corners of society’ and the commentary writers like him give to contemporary political and social issues has an important role to play in today’s tumultuous world. Billingham’s novels have now sold over 6 million copies. He has had 21Sunday Times bestsellers (every one of his titles) and has spent over 126 weeks in the top ten. Sleepyhead, his first novel,has now sold in 30 languages and two TV series have been made of Mark’s books – Thorne by Sky starring David Morrissey, and In the Dark by the BBC. A third is currently in development.
‘Ingenious’ – Guardian
‘Ground-breaking’ – Sunday Times
Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of 15 novels, translated into over 20 languages. Our House won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards and was shortlisted for several other prizes. A Waterstones ‘Thriller of the Month’ pick, it spearheaded the crime fiction genre known as ‘property noir’ or ‘property thrillers’. It is now a major ITV drama starring Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones.
Louise’s other novels, such as Those People and The Other Passenger, also explore the UK property crisis, which Louise describes as ‘the defining obsession of our generation’. The Other Passenger, a tale of adultery and double-crossing set among Thames river commuters, was Louise’s first Richard & Judy Book Club pick. It was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2021. It is now in development for the screen in the US. Louise’s latest release is The Heights, a twisty revenge thriller whose narrator, Ellen, has a strange fear of heights known as ‘high place phenomenon’. To be published in paperback in the US in March 2022 and the UK in June 2022, it has also been optioned for the screen.
Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. Rattle, her debut novel, was the subject of a huge international auction and has been translated into several languages. It received widespread critical acclaim from authors and reviewers. Fiona decided to leave journalism and pursue her ambitions to write novels after two life threatening health emergencies within her close family. Whilst thankfully both have been resolved, these experiences led Fiona to realise that nothing is guaranteed and that we owe it to ourselves to do the things we love.
Fiona was selected for Val McDermid’s prestigious New Blood panel at the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, where her novel was also nominated for a Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut. The sequel, The Collector, was published in February 2018. Her third novel – standalone thriller The Neighbour – was published in April 2019. Her fourth novel When I Was Ten was an Irish Times top ten bestseller in April 2021. Rattle and The Collector have both been optioned for potential TV adaptation by Tiger Aspect, the producers of Peaky Blinders, and When I Was Ten by Palma Pictures (White Lines and The Crown).
‘Amid the outpouring of crime novels, Rattle is up there with the best of them.’ – The Times
‘Absorbingly, beautifully paced’ – Daily Mail
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- Date: Wed 22 Jun 2022Time: 20:00Book Now
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