Stuck on a stocking filler or two for the bookworms in your life? How about checking out the Novella Nostalgia Series. Comprising of six short stories, the Novella Nostalgia series takes inspiration from film history. Selecting some of the most renowned films, authors Tony Drury and Oliver Richbell write an uncanny 21st-century twist.
We received Lunch With Harry which is inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Here is the blurb;
Is it possible that Audrey Hepburn was in Regent Street, London in 2016?
But her memory is recreated in the desirable shape of Dr Ella van Houten who accidentally stood on Harry’s foot outside Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop. Ella was imagining that she was Holly Golightly, the character that Hepburn played in one of the greatest ever romantic films: ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.
This riveting novella tells how they begin a relationship which is dominated by two features: Ella’s reprise of Holly’s quirky and insecure nature and Harry’s guilt over the loss of his wife. There is also the impending death of Ella’s brother which bizarrely leads them chasing a figurine of the Mexican general Santa Anna who won the battle for ‘the Alamo’.
Their differing personalities dominate this fast-moving story which takes in London, Europe and lunches with Harry. The ending produces a moment of pure cinema as Ella and Harry fight against the one obstacle which threatens their future together.
This book is just 60 pages in length which is the perfect short read while in bath or travelling. a quick read that you will absolutely love. I loved Breakfast at Tiffany’s and really liked Lunch with Harry. It has a modern twist and it will capture from the moment you pick it up.
The other novella we received was Gloriana which is inspired by the film Valkyrie. I have not watched the film so this was completely new to me.
Here is the blurb;
A change must be made
Permanently removing the PM is the only way
This was the conclusion drawn by a band of conspirators intent on reversing what they saw to be the devastating result of the Brexit Referendum.
With the Middle Eastern Trade Agreement being signed that night the time for decisive action has arrived.
The plan had been calculated with military precision when its leader declared “we go tonight” the accomplices were prepared to activate the Gloriana paper and to wrestle back the United Kingdom’s place in the European Union by assassinating The Prime Minister.
This is the fifth book in the Novella Nostalgia series and was very close to home considering the disaster we are having with the Brexit deal right now. I obviously went into the book blind as I had not seen Valkyrie but to be honest I didn’t really need to watch it. This book definitely had the modern twist with real-life issues on the pages.
I haven’t finished this quite yet but so far so good.
There are 6 books in the Novella Nostalgia series.
Book 1: Lunch with Harry
Book 2: Twelve Troubled Jurors – published early 2017, has echoes of ’12 Angry Men’ which gave the film world one of Henry Fonda’s greatest performances. The updated story tells of the trial of a fraudster and the convoluted divisions amongst the jury until one member takes over to engineer a surprise verdict.
Book 3: Forever on Thursdays – hints at the unforgettable British film ‘Brief Encounter’. The love affair between Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard remains an icon in film history.
In its updated form, the unhappy Carey meets the compelling Mark and, in doing so, not only writes her first novel but finds the man with whom she will spend the rest of her life.
Book 4: The Man Who Hated – It launches the odious Milton Grant who begins a self-imposed mission to hit back at what he perceives to be human fault.
It was inspired by the 1993 film, ‘Falling Down’ starring Michael Douglas.
Book 5: Gloriana
Book 6: A Search for Truth – This controversial novella is inspired by the 1947 film, Gentleman’s Agreement’ starring Gregory Peck. This examines anti-Semitism in post-Second World War America. The modern story features Lily, an undergraduate, who must write a dissertation titled ‘To Define a Jew’. She not only discovers the complex world of Judaism but faces deciding on one of two suitors both of whom might transform her life.
All of these novellas are available now from Amazon UK and City Fiction website.
Disclaimer: I was sent these products for the purpose of this post and as part of the Christmas Gift Guide Series. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.