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15 books to read on World Book Day that are airing on TV in 2018

Because for some the book is ALWAYS better...especially on World book Day!

Published: Thursday, 1st March 2018 at 9:14 am

5. A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2
Neil Patrick Harris is Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 (Netflix, SD)

Written by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym of Lemony Snicket (who is also a peripheral character in the plot), A Series of Unfortunate Events charts the trials and tribulations of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who are forced to move in with a nasty relative called Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris) after their parents' death.

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Upon finding out that he wants to steal their fortune the children escape, moving from one hapless or no-good guardian to another. Meanwhile, Olaf is snapping at their heels, donning a series of disguises, murdering and causing chaos in his pursuit of the Baudelaires.

The first season of this Netflix adaptation (which focussed on the first four novels in the series) was a massive success with critics and audiences alike. Those eager for a taste of what's to come in season two would do well to read books five to nine: The Austere Academy, Ersatz Elevator, Vile Village, Hostile Hospital and Carnivorous Carnival.

A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 will be available to stream on Netflix in spring 2018


6. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

Ben Hardy
Ben Hardy (John Sciulli/Getty, SD)

EastEnders and X-Men star Ben Hardy returns to our TV screens as young teacher Walter Hartright in the BBC's adaptation of Wilkie Collins’1859 psychological thriller – regarded by many as the first novel of its kind.

Hartwright's life is changed forever when he encounters a woman dressed in white on a dark road, and finds himself drawn into a mysterious and disturbing world.

War and Peace and Taboo actress Jessie Buckley co-stars as one of the novel's most famous characters, Marian Halcombe.

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The Woman in White is due to air on the BBC in 2018

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