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The Story Behind The Most Anticipated Book & Film

Early on, author A.J. Finn’s debut novel, The Woman In The Window, drew comparisons to epic polishing events like the launch of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train – before it was even published!

It’s officially the most widely acquired novel of all time prior to publication. How’s that for a title?!

It’s already been sold in 38 territories and is destined for the big screen, with Fox 2000 picking up the film rights, with Oscar-winner Scott Rudin as producer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts writing the script.

So what’s it all about? Well, the book is served up in 100 bite-sized chapters, making it a thrilling can’t-put-it-down read.

It follows 38-year-old Anna Fox, an agoraphobe who hasn’t left her New York townhouse for almost a year. She becomes obsessed with a new family in the neighbourhood and one night sees something in their living room that she shouldn’t have seen. But did she really see it, or was it all just in her head?

A.J. Finn tapped into his own experience to write the character. He was diagnosed with severe clinical depression at the age of 21, but on his 36th birthday his diagnosis was adjusted to bipolar disorder. He says he tries to view mental illness and its mysteries through the lens of a thriller. And quite frankly, everyone is hooked!

The Woman In The Window is now in an illustrious club of books that have been eagerly turned into films:

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly’s book on the remarkable African-American women involved in the Space Race in the 1960s was also sold as a film before it was even published. The film went on to be nominated for three Academy Awards.

Molly’s Game

The best-selling book by Molly Bloom reveals how she built an exclusive underground gambling network, and is now a film starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba.

Annihilation

The film, starring Natalie Portman, is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, although there are some big differences to the story.

Brokeback Mountain

This cowboy romance started out as a novel, written by Annie Proulx, and the film adaptation, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, won three Oscars, with another five nominations.

The Lord Of The Rings

The book-to-film story to rule them all! J.R.R Tolkien’s epic fantasy was brought to the silver screen by director Peter Jackson and the film trilogy bagged a whopping 17 Academy Awards from 30 nominations.

The Woman In The Window is available now from bookstores.

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