BOOK NEWS: The Flowers of Alice Hart coming to TV, Will Smith’s memoir and female leads cast for The Witcher

by |October 12, 2018

What’s going on in the wonderful world of books? So many things! Here are a few of them …

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart to be adapted for TV

Australian author Holly Ringland’s debut novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, is going to be adapted for television.

The rights have been acquired by Made Up Stories, a production company owned by Bruna Papandrea (who co-produced HBO’s Big Little Lies) .

‘Holly has created a distinctive and powerful novel that is a compelling tale of female resilience. This story is told with authenticity, courage and love and we are thrilled to be bringing it to the screen,’ – Bruna Papandrea.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart was published in March this year. Click here to read John Purcell’s review.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart was in the top ten bestsellers list the month of release and has remained a bestseller in the months since. Rights have now sold in more 25 territories, including the US where it will be released in March next year.

Click the link below to listen to us chat with Holly Ringland on The Booktopia Podcast:



Will Smith has a book coming out!

The as yet untitled book will be published in Australia by Penguin and will chronicle the personal story of American actor, producer and rapper Will Smith – examining how his outlook and approach on life have evolved over time.

Written with Mark Manson, bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, the book is an expression of Smith’s personal philosophy, an inspirational tale of how his true self-knowledge helped to propel him to extraordinary success.



Female leads have been cast for the Netflix adaptation of ‘The Witcher’

As previously reported by The Booktopian, Netflix is developing a TV series based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series (published in Australia by Hachette). The series will star Henry Cavill in the lead role of Geralt, Other cast members include Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe and Adam Levy in the role of the druid Mouesack.

And now the two female lead roles as have cast! The role of Ciri (Princess of Cintra) will be played by Freya Alan. Anya Chalotra will play the role of the sorceress Yennefer. Behold head shots of the actors beside their characters below!

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Sarah McDuling is Booktopia's Senior Content Producer and Editor of The Booktopian Blog. She has been in the bookselling game for almost a decade and a dedicated booklover since birth (potentially longer). At her happiest when reading a book, Sarah also enjoys talking/writing/tweeting about books. In her spare time, she often likes to buy a lot of books and take photographs of books. You can follow her on Twitter and Instragram @sarahmcduling

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