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Masterpiece: Any Human Heart Feb 13-27

abstract:As the longest-running primetime drama on American television, Masterpiece is committed to bringing viewers the best in literature-based drama, mysteries filled with eclectic characters, and groundbreaking contemporary works. Each month BookBuffet partners with WGBH Boston to give readers the inside scoop on their books to film.

One of my favorite authors is now featured having adapted one of his own novels into a 3-part Masterpiece television series starring a long and talented list of actors from the British repitory. William Boyd is a UK novelist (Scottish actually, born in Accra Ghana), screenwriter and short story writer who has won multiple awards for his fiction including the Whitbread, the Booker, Somerset Maugham to name a few and he earned his CBE in 2005. He's the lesser-known contemporary of Martin Amis, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan who writes in ironic style in settings both in the UK and Europe as well as Africa. Any Human Heart is one of my favorites. It's a diary-style novel that follows the life and internal machinations of Logan Mountstuart through his adventurous and eventful (love)life beginning with his first sexual experience while studying literature at Oxford, through several romances and marriages, mixed with extensive travel and work over a couple career paths taken before, during and after WWII. Mountstuart is a novelist, a spy, a war correspondent, an art dealer, a freelance writer and a literary agent. His very human heart experiences obsessive love, ambiguous love, filial love, petty love and enduring love. During his life he


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— meets and interacts with various real historic figures spanning politics, the arts during important moments in history of the 20th century. We meet Hemingway, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Evelyn Waugh from a sort of insider point of view. The series airs Feb 13, 20, 27th on PBS and is available streaming online (in the USA) for a limited period, or you can purchase the DVD or download from iTunes.

Join our Masterpiece book group and stay on top of all the great works behind Masterpiece's brilliant television adaptations, who have for so many years been committed to bringing us quality programing. Much more information is available at the PBS website.

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Here's how to join BookBuffet's own "Masterpiece Book To Film Group."
On the BookBuffet website home page:
Click: JOIN
Select: "Invited to join an existing group."
Type: Masterpiece Book To Film Group
Then type your own member details. That's it!
You will see the "current book" posted on the group calendar, as well as the dates the series airs on television. You'll be on the member list and receive email updates on new content such as podcasts and WGBH material. You'll also be able to chat on the online forum for this group. JOIN TODAY

Members in the group are entered into a draw for give-aways of book sets, and DVD's as part of our continuing BookBuffet-Masterpiece partnership.

For our in-depth interview with Masterpiece Executive Producer of 20 years, Rebecca Eaton, click on the following BookBuffet Podcast.

PRIZES AND AWARDS + Kindle Version all novels
1981 Whitbread First Novel Award A Good Man in Africa
1982 Booker Prize for Fiction (shortlist) An Ice-Cream War
1982 Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize An Ice-Cream War
1982 Somerset Maugham Award A Good Man in Africa
1990 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction) Brazzaville Beach
1991 McVitie's Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year Brazzaville Beach
1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year The Blue Afternoon
1995 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Fiction) The Blue Afternoon
2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (shortlist) Any Human Heart
2005 CBE
2006 Costa Novel Award Restless
2007 British Book Awards Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year (shortlist) Restless



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