The Outcast by Sadie Jones

I noticed trailers for a new drama on BBC for The Outcast and wondered if it’s based on the book of the same name by Sadie Jones ‘“ a book that has sat on my shelves for a few years (well nearly 7 years) and I still haven’t read it. That’s what happens when you move house, box the books and then double shelve them, putting this one at the back! It was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2008.

And it is the same book (although my copy being much older has a different cover) ‘“ the TV version begins tomorrow on BBC One at 9 pm. It’s been adapted by Sadie Jones, so I hope this means it’s faithful to the book. I’ve started to read it ‘“ won’t finish it by tomorrow night but will definitely finish it before the second episode is broadcast the following Sunday.

It’s set in the 1950s, when Lewis Aldridge aged nineteen, is released from jail, and returns to the village where he grew up: the village where, a decade earlier, tragedy tore his family apart, leaving him to a troubled adolescence with a father he barely knew.

6 thoughts on “The Outcast by Sadie Jones”

  1. I’ve seen the trailers for this too, but wasn’t sure it was for me plus I already have too much to watch! I didn’t realise it was an adaptation though. I hope you enjoy the novel and the series.

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  2. Sounds good – thanks for the heads up! I’m so bad at missing TV stuff these days and then hearing about them later and regretting it. I shall tune in…

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  3. I’m glad I saw your post, Margaret, because I hadn’t heard about the adaptation. I gave the first half of episode one a go and thought it quite good; the only thing lacking was Kit’s voice. I guess we’ll hear more from her later instead. It’s a great book.

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