Posts Tagged ‘biographies’


Saw the Movie? Read the Book!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

These November releases are based on books:


Het Diner, based on the Dutch novel with the same title written by Herman Koch, has been translated into English as The Dinner.  Cate Blanchett is set to make her directorial debut with the English-language version of this movie!

Carrie, previously filmed in 1976, is based on Stephen King’s book.

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is based on the book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen.  He visited both our stores at the beginning of last year and was a wonderful speaker!

Diana is based on the book Diana: Her Last Love, written by Kate Snell.

The classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s (theatrical re-release) is of course based on Truman Capote’s famous novel.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is based on Suzanne Collins’s second novel in excellent The Hunger Games trilogy.

Captain Phillips is based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, written by Richard Phillips.

The Fifth Estate is based partially on the books Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy.

Oldboy is remake of a Korean cult movie based on Garon Tsuchiya’s manga Old Boy.

Homefront is based on Chuck Logan’s book with the same title.

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Biographies, Business/Finance/Law

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people.  And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject.  :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Biographies and Business/Finance/Law as picked out by section buyers Tom, Maarten and Jouke. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Ancient History/Mythology, Animals, Art

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people.  And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject.  :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Ancient History/Mythology, Animals, and Art, as picked out by section buyers Jouke, Sigrid, Ester, Jesse, and Martijn. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here, and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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Gift Ideas: History, Current Affairs, Political Science, Biographies

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Current Affairs & Political Science, History, Military History, Ancient History, and Biographies as supplied by Barry, Jeroen, Sophie, Jouke and Tom.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!

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Win tickets to the movie My Week With Marilyn

Monday, January 9th, 2012

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark, just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe.

During filming, Marilyn Monroe was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller.

When Arthur Miller left England, the coast was clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

Nearly 40 years on, his diary account of this time, The Prince, the Showgirl and Me (sadly out of print, rare and super expensive) was published, but one week was missing from the story. Clark’s account of that week was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn.

Based on Clark’s book, and  directed by Simon Curtis, the movie My Week With Marilyn premiers in Dutch cinemas on January 26th, 2012. Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne,  Julia Ormond, Kenneth Brannagh, Emma Watson, Toby Jones, Dougray Scott, Dominic Cooper, Zoë Wanamaker, Judi Dench and a host of other familiar faces, My Week With Marilyn has received rave reviews; it promises to be a real treat.

See it FREE with ABC!

We have five pairs of tickets to see My Week With Marilyn to give away, thanks to the fine people at Paradiso Films! To enter the draw, just send an email to hayley@abc.nl by Monday January 23rd, 2012

Please include your contact details in the mail, which store you would like to collect the tickets in, and put “My Week With Marilyn tickets” in the subject line.