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Saturday, August 28, 2010

TV Tie-in editions cover gallery 1

As well as the novelisations that we've featured recently, plenty of books have been reissued with tie-in covers when they have been adapted for TV. So here's a small selection that have arrived at the scanner in no particular order...

Aspen by Burt Hirschfeld (London, W. H. Allen, 1975; New York, Bantam, 1976)
Corgi 0-552-10296-2, 1976, 374pp, 85p. The Corgi edition was reprinted at least three times in 1978.
Aspen: the fabulous mountain resort of the wealthy jet-set; a place of breathtaking beauty where the pleasure-seekers of the world flocked like bees to honey—and found everything they dreamed of...
__In that wild and seductive place, men and women came together for every kind of enjoyment,,,
__Aspen: a story as sensual and as jet-propelled as the people it describes...
__Kit Pepe: Many men lusted for her. Two battled for her love—a father and a son.
__Carl Osborne: Came to buy a chunk of paradise and stayed for a hell of sensual indulgence.
__Alex Budde: He fed the cheap thrills and expensive habits of the sinful.
__Tom Keating: The peaceful man armed for bloody war with the land-grabbers.
__Joan Carolinian: Her body was a sex machine; her head was a calculator.
__Jon Osborne: Tennis pro, sex hustler, lost boy. A drug-runner running for his life...

Hirschfeld's novel was turned into a mini-series broadcast in the USA in 1977 and subsequently re-run as The Innocent and the Damned. Adapted by Douglas Heyes, the series starred Sam Elliott, Perry King, Gene Barry, Martine Beswick, Joseph Cotten, Roger Davis, Anthony Franciosa and Jessica Harper. The series was broadcast in the UK on ITV as The Aspen Murder in August 1978.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (London, Chapman & Hall, 1945)
Penguin 0-1400-5915-6, [23rd imp.] 1982, 395pp, £2.95.

The front cover shows Anthony Andrew, Diana Quick and Jeremy Irons; the back cover shows Jeremy Irons, Stephane Audran, Phoebe Nicholls, (and, seated) Diana Quick and Laurence Olivier.

Produced by Granada Television in association with WNET/13 New York and Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg. Adapted by John Mortimer, directed by Charles Sturridge and Michael Lindsay-Hogg and produced by Derek Granger. The series of 11 episodes was originally broadcast between 12 October and 22 December 1981.

The first Penguin edition of the original novel appeared in  1951 and was reprinted in 1952, 1954, 1957 and 1959. A revised edition of the novel was published by Chapman & Hall in 1962 and that, too, went through multiple editions from Penguin: in 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 (twice), 1981 (eight times) and 1982 (at least twice... the pic above is from the 23rd imp. and no doubt the book was reprinted many more times).

About the author

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903, second son of the late Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. In 1927 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and in 1928 his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938).
__During these years he travelled extensively in most parts of Europe, the Near East, Africa, and tropical America. In 1939 he was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, serving in the Middle East and Yugoslavia. In 1942 he published Put Out More Flags and then in 1945 Brideshead Revisited. When the Going was Good and The Loved One were followed by Helena (1950), his historical novel.
__Men at Arms, which came out in 1952, is the first volume in a trilogy of war memoirs, and won the James Tait Black Prize; the other volumes, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender, were published in 1955 and 1961.
__Evelyn Waugh was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1930, and his earlier biography of the Elizabethan Jesuit martyr, Edmund Campion, was awarded the Hawthornden Prize in 1936. In 1959 he published the official Life of Ronald Knox.
__He was married and had six children. From 1937 onwards he and his family lived in the West Country. He died in 1966.

The Monocled Mutineer by William Allison & John Fairley (London, Quartet Books, 1978)
Quartet Books 0-73433287-6, 1986, 199+8pp, £2.50.
In 1917, on the eve of Passchendaele, British troops in France erupted in mutiny, an event which today is one of the British Army's most closely guarded secrets. At the centre of the mutiny was Private Percy Toplis. Under sentence of death he escaped to England, where he lived in a multitude of disguises, organizing a unique black market in army stores, even re-enlisting in the army under his own name, apparently with impunity. At last the authorities pounced and for six desperate weeks he was pursued the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, a manhunt which ended bloodily in a police ambush near a country church in June 1920.
The Quartet paperback edition first appeared in 1979 and was reprinted twice (at least) in 1986. The tie-in cover photograph featured Paul McGann, who starred as Toplis in the BBC series originally aired in four episodes in August and September 1986.

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