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by |December 6, 2018

Melissa McCarthy stars in new literary thriller

Melissa McCarthy plays the lead role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? a literary drama based on Lee Israel’s memoir of the same name.

In real life the true story of author Lee Israel is fascinating. Once a successful writer of biographies, Israel wrote books about Estee Lauder, Tallulah Bankhead and Dorothy Kilgallen.

In the 1990s, however, Israel found herself in financial difficulty. Unable to sell her latest biography, she came up with the idea of forging pieces of writing by famous people such as Dorothy Parker, Katherine Hepburn and Noel Cowardand – and then selling them to collectors of literary memorabilia.

Melissa McCarthy stars alongside Richard E Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me? – in cinemas now.

Click here to order your copy of Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel

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The new Captain Marvel Trailer has dropped!

This definitely counts as book news because COMICS!

There is a new Captain Marvel trailer and it is pretty epic. Click below to watch Brie Larson being generally awesome and amazing in the first ever female-lead Marvel movie, coming to cinemas next year in March.


The author of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ has announced a sequel.

It’s official! Andre Acimen, author of Call Me By Your Name, has announced that he is writing a sequel to his bestselling book. This comes as great news to fans of both the book and the 2017 film adaptation by Luca Guadagino, starinng Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.

Rumours of a follow up movie have long been in the works, however, now that the author has confirmed that he is writing a sequel it bodes well for the potential of another movie.

The film adaptation of Acimen’s novel won the Ivory the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was also nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet).

Click here to order your copy of Andre Acimen’s Call Me By Your Name.

book news dec 6 2018

Will this be the next Teen Movie phenomenon?

After is an upcoming romantic film based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Anna Todd.

Inspired by One Direction, the novel started out as Harry Styles fanfiction. The movie based on the bestselling first book in the series is due to hit screens in April next year and might have the potential to reach Twilight levels of fandom. Time will tell!

Watch the trailer below and click here to view the bestselling series by Anna Todd


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Can You Ever Forgive Me?by Lee Israel

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Memoirs of a Literary Forger

by Lee Israel

Before turning to her life of crime—running a one-woman forgery business out of a phone booth in a Greenwich Village bar and even dodging the FBI—Lee Israel had a legitimate career as an author of biographies. Her first book on Tallulah Bankhead was a New York Times bestseller, and her second, on the late journalist and reporter Dorothy Kilgallen, made a splash in the headlines.

But by 1990, almost broke and desperate to hang onto her Upper West Side studio, Lee made a bold and irreversible career change: inspired by a letter she’d received once from Katharine Hepburn, and armed with her considerable skills as a researcher and celebrity biographer, she began to forge letters in the voices of literary greats. Between 1990 and 1991, she wrote more than three hundred letters in the voices of, among others, Dorothy Parker, Louise Brooks, Edna Ferber, Lillian Hellman, and Noel Coward—and sold the forgeries to memorabilia and autograph dealers.

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