Little Dorrit. Poster of the 2008 TV series and cover of the 1855 book
Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens, 1855
TV series vs book
Adam Smith, Dearbhla Walsh, Diarmuid Lawrence, 2008

Since her birth in 1805, twenty-one years prior, Amy Dorrit has lived in the Marshalsea Prison for Debt, caring for her father, William, who now enjoys a position of privileged seniority as the Father of the Marshalsea. To help her family, Amy works as a seamstress for Mrs. Clennam, a cranky, cold and forbidding semi-invalid living in a crumbling home with servants, the sinister Jeremiah Flintwinch and his bumbling wife, Affery.

Doctor Zhivago. Poster of the 1965 movie and cover of the 1957 book
Doctor Zhivago
Boris Pasternak, 1957
movie vs book
David Lean, 1965

During the Russian Revolution, Dr. Yuri Zhivago is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father’s suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother’s lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites.

The North Water. Poster of the 2021 TV series and cover of the 2016 book
The North Water
Ian McGuire, 2016
TV series vs book
Andrew Haigh, 2021

The story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board he meets Henry Drax, the harpooner, a brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world. Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, Sumner finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath.

King Rat. Poster of the 1965 movie and cover of the 1962 book
King Rat
James Clavell, 1962
movie vs book
Bryan Forbes, 1965

Taking place in a Japanese POW camp during World War II, this adaptation of the James Clavell novel follows an American corporal who orchestrates several lucrative schemes within the camp’s confines.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Poster of the 2018 movie and cover of the 2008 book
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, 2008
movie vs book
Mike Newell, 2018

Shortly after World War II, free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey during the war

The Old Curiosity Shop. Poster of the 1995 movie and cover of the 1840 book
The Old Curiosity Shop
Charles Dickens, 1840
movie vs book
Kevin Connor, 1995

Nell Trent lives with her grandfather, the proprietor of the Old Curiosity Shop. Grandfather has a disquieting secret, a gambling addiction fed by high-interest loans from the bully Daniel Quilp. The villainous Quilp wants to get possession of the shop, and Nell. In league with his lawyer Samson Brass and Samson’s sister Sally, Quilp seizes Grandfather’s assets.

45 Years. Poster of the 2015 movie and cover of the 2015 book, In Another Country
In Another Country
David Constantine, 2015
movie vs book
Andrew Haigh, 2015

Kate and Geoff Mercer are preparing to celebrate their 45th anniversary with dozens of friends at the Assembly House in Norwich. Their morning is somewhat disturbed when Geoff opens a letter telling him that the body of Katya, his German lover in the early 1960s, has become visible in a melting glacier where she fell into a crevasse on their hike in Switzerland over five decades ago.

Night Train to Lisbon. Poster of the 2013 movie and cover of the 2004 book
Night Train to Lisbon
Pascal Mercier, 2004
movie vs book
Bille August, 2013

Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an enthralling adventure. In search of the author, Gregorius acts as detective, pulling together pieces of a puzzle that involves political and emotional intrigue and the highest possible stakes.

The Aeronauts. Poster of the 2019 movie and cover of the 2013 book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air
Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air
Richard Holmes, 2013
movie vs book
Tom Harper, 2019

In 1862 London, scientist James Glaisher and his pilot Amelia arrive for the launch of the largest balloon ever constructed. In a flashback, James appears before the Royal Society and explains his theory that the weather can be predicted, but his fellow scientists mock him and refuse to finance his studies.

The Legend of Barney Thomson. Poster of the 2015 movie and cover of the 2003 book, The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson
The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson
Douglas Lindsay, 2003
movie vs book
Robert Carlyle, 2015

Barney Thomson, a socially awkward and timid barber from Glasgow, Scotland, leads a life characterized by profound mediocrity. However, his mundane existence is suddenly catapulted into a whirlwind of chaos and dark humor as he finds himself thrust into the bizarre and grotesque realm of a serial killer.

The Golden Compass. Poster of the 2007 movie and cover of the 1995 book
The Golden Compass
Philip Pullman, 1995
movie vs book
Chris Weitz, 2007

The story is set in an alternate Earth dominated by a powerful church called the Magisterium that strictly controls the populace’s beliefs and teachings. The dæmon communicates with the person and must remain in close physical proximity. Her uncle, Lord Asriel, a noted explorer and scholar, has been absent seeking the elusive Dust, a cosmic particle that the Magisterium forbids to be mentioned.

The Railway Children Return. Poster of the 2022 movie and cover of the 1906 book, The Railway Children
The Railway Children
E. Nesbit, 1906
movie vs book
Morgan Matthews, 2022

The story is based around the backdrop of the child evacuees from inner cities to the countryside during the Second World War. The children also encounter a soldier who is very far from home.