London Book and Screen Week Names 2019 CAMEO Award Shortlists

In News by Porter Anderson

‘Books remain an extraordinarily rich source of material for some of this year’s most celebrated films, TV programs, theater productions and audio downloads,’ says London Book Fair’s director, Jacks Thomas.


By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘The View Into Others’ Worlds’
The CAMEO Awards of London Book and Screen Week—the public-facing parallel series of events to London Book Fair—get their name from the phrase “Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality.”

And the winning nominees are to be announced on March 11 at London’s White City House as London Book and Screen Week opens. Publishing Perspectives readers are familiar with this year’s programming from our earlier reporting, and it’s the program’s “ambassador,” Grantchester creator James Runcie, who’ll be speaking at the awards on the 11th.

Needless to say, the pressure, both commercial and artistic, to collaborate and develop the publishing industry’s massive vault of storytelling value is immense with digital platforms globally expanding the audience for screened and audio material. Many of our most challenging issues in coverage this year, lie along the “book to film” axis, which is an immediately too-small term as audio, smart speakers, and other platform and developmental distribution lanes fly open.

How publishers will develop their content—which rights they manage, how they exploit them, and how closely they can arrange liaisons with producers, studios, and technological distribution chiefs—has taken on new urgency, a kind of parallel race running just out of sight of public scrutiny.

Jacks Thomas

In a prepared statement, London Book Fair director Jacks Thomas—a staunch advocate for the program at a time when Brexit is prompting the creative industries to affirm their importance in the UK economy and culture—is quoted, saying, “This year’s shortlist demonstrates how books remain an extraordinarily rich source of material for some of this year’s most celebrated films, TV programs, theater productions and audio downloads.

“Books, and the view into others’ worlds they offer, never go out of fashion and it’s fantastic to see these great examples of their influence on, and successful collaborations with, other brilliant creative industries.”

At London Book and Screen Week’s CAMEO awards program 2018. Image: London Book Fair, Ed Hill

There are 12 shortlistees being announced today (February 28), and the key criterion in the selection of each is quality in an adaptation that plays in television, film, audio, and/or audio.

2019 CAMEO Book to Audio Shortlist
  • La Belle Sauvage, The Book of Dust, book original by Phillip Pullman (Penguin), adapted by Random House Audiobooks
  • This is Going To Hurt, book original by Adam Kay (Picador), adapted by Macmillan Digital Audio
  • The Holy Vible, book original by Elis James and John Robins (Trapeze), adapted by Orion Publishing Group Limited
2019 CAMEO Book to Film Shortlist
  • Disobedience, book original by Naomi Alderman (Viking), directed by: Sebastián Lelio, screenplay: Sebastián Lelio /Rebecca Lenkiewicz
  • The Little Stranger, book original by Sarah Waters (Virago), directed by: Lenny Abrahamson, screenplay: Lucinda Coxon
  • Call Me by Your Name, book original by André Aciman (Atlantic Books), directed by: Luca Guadagnino, screenplay: James Ivory
2019 CAMEO Book to Television Shortlist
  • A Very English Scandal, book original by John Preston (Penguin), adapted by Russell T Davies
  • Killing Eve, book original by Luke Jennings (As Codename Villanelle, John Murray), adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Patrick Melrose, book original by Edward St Aubyn (Picador), adapted by David Nicholls
2019 CAMEO Book to Stage Shortlist
  • A Monster Calls, book original by Patrick Ness (Walker Books), adapted by Sally Cookson for Bristol Old Vic & The Old Vic,
  • Toast, book original by Nigel Slater (Harper Perennial), adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett
  • My Name is Lucy Barton, book original by Elizabeth Strout (Viking), adapted by Rona Munro

The program is produced in association with both London Book Fair and the UK’s Publishers Association.

Jurors from many sectors of the entertainment industry deliberated across each of the categories, chaired by Helen MacAleer.

Joining her were:

  • Philippa Donovan (Smart Quill)
  • Katrien Roos (Harbottle & Lewis)
  • Douglas Schatz (Samuel French)
  • Rina Gill (RGM Productions)
  • Terri Paddock (What’s On Stage)
  • John Lomas-Bullivant (Kickback Media)
  • Tamsin Collison, Anna Rafferty (BBC)
  • Ravina Bajwa (Pottermore)

The CAMEO Awards are sponsored by Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook company.


More on the London Book Fair is here, and on the topic of adaptation is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.