The Oscars reading list

This year's Oscars Ceremony sees nominations for a handful of films based on books. From the mammoth biography of one Robert Oppenheimer to the novel that inspired Auschwitz family drama The Zone of Interest, here are the nominees.

Erasure by Percival Everett
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Original Score.

When an author is told by his agent that his books aren't black enough, he writes the most derivative, clichéd parody of a 'black novel' that he can... and it becomes a smash hit.


The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

A story adapted into a musical for the stage, and adapted again for the screen, here is the text that started it all. A novel about black women living in early twentieth century Georgia, about hope and forgiveness. Worthy winner of the Pulitzer.

The Color Purple

Poor Things by Alasdair Gray
Nominated for 11 Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor.

Godwin Baxter's scientific ambition to create the perfect companion is realised in Bella. The strangeness of how she came to be, grows into herself, and navigates her world is animated to endlessly imaginative ends in Yorgos Lanthimos's film. But what of the book?

Poor Things

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Sound.

Family life in Austria. A huge house with a pool in the garden. Days out to the river. Everything this married couple dreamed. But who are they? The Commandment of Aushwitz and his wife, Hedwig. And their garden wall borders the camp. Only one line of the book was lifted into the film.

The Zone of Interest

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Nominated for 10 Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.

David Grann tells a true story of greed, serial murder and racial injustice with his signature thrilling flair that caught the attention of Martin Scorsese.

Killers of the Flower Moon

American Prometheus by Kai Bird
'Oppenheimer' is nominated for almost everything, leading the race with 13 nominations.

The book that traces - in over 700 pages - the life of Robert J. Oppenheimer, Director of the Manhattan Project and the most famous scientist of his generation. Not for the faint of heart.

American Prometheus