Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Another Reason to Hide Under Dan Stevens' Bed

The 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist is out!

Cousin Matthew is on the judging panel, but that doesn't mean it will necessarily go to the nice lady from Manchester, Alison Moore. She must first engage in a spirited fight to the death with Hilary Mantel, Jeet Thaylil, Deborah Levy, Tan Twan Eng, and Will Self.

Because CONNECTIONS, Dan Stevens also starred in a British adaptation of Hollinghurst's own Booker Prize-winning novel The Line of Beauty, in which he clearly swam in a pool, but has not yet* starred in an adaptation of Hollinghurst's superb The Swimming-Pool Library, which is even sexier.


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I-I'll be in my bunk.


@Megano! Everything about that picture makes me need to take a breather.

Hot Doom

@Megano! ding DONG. Cousin Matthew can get under my skin ....in 80s Britain.... all he wants.
Sorry, that mane and gaze renders the language part of my brain useless.

sudden but inevitable betrayal

RK Fire your comment disappeared, but OH MY GOD THAT PHOTO. Thank you. Thank you. Forever. Thank you.


@Megano! If we can get a copy, we should have a viewing party.

RK Fire

@sudden but inevitable betrayal: I was honestly wondering why I wasn't getting more upvotes! I'll link to it again. Smoldering gaze!

sudden but inevitable betrayal

@RK Fire Also it looks like O'Brian changed her hair?!

sarah girl

@RK Fire I just actually gasped out loud at work! Those eyes!


@sudden but inevitable betrayal About damn time, I say.


@RK Fire That photo was so sexy I had to do the "open tab, SEE THE SEXINESS and thenclosethetabandfastscrolling" thing.
So much more ravishing with the untidy hair - he's actually borderline nerdy as Cousin Matthew With The Side Combover? I knew he had it in him, though. So proud.

RK Fire

@TARDIStime: I kind of like the side combover because I think he looks kind of dashing? But yeah, I get a little overwhelmed looking at it too and I can't leave it open on my browser.

@sudden but inevitable betrayal: I totally missed O'Brian's hair--was too taken with Shirley McClaine's wardrobe.


It's so amazing@v


Ohhhh Cousin Matthew telling me what to read is just TOO MUCH. My afternoon will now be spent daydreaming about tickle fights and reading Booker-prize winning passages to one another on Downton's expansive lawn. And Isis the yellow lab is there, romping.


No-one else mentions the labrador! I want one just like that, a dog that follows me all around the house so faithfully! *squee!


Speaking of the shortlist, are any US 'Pinners going to the UK in the next few weeks (or are any UK 'Pinners coming here)? I'd like a copy of Umbrella but don't want to pay international shipping if I can help it.

polka dots vs stripes

@Megan@twitter I was reading on the Mann Booker website that one of the rules is that the book has to be released in e-book within two weeks of being shortlisted? (at least, I think that's what it said...) so if you have an e-reader maybe try that? If you purchased it from Amazon would they really make you pay international shipping? I would think there'd be US-based copies somewhereeee on the internet....

I could be wrong, though.


@polka dots vs stripes No e-reader for me :(

I can buy Umbrella now at amazon.co.uk (it isn't published in the US until January 2012), which I used to buy a few of the longlist books in August. But Umbrella wasn't available at the time and I don't want to pay international shipping again.

I renew my (now yearly) call for the MBP to release a Booker Bundle of all of the books for purchase at the time of the release of the longlist.

polka dots vs stripes

@Megan@twitter Ohhhh. I apologize for my half-researched answer, then. Good to know, Umbrella is the one I think I'd most like to read out of those.


@Megan@twitter Super late to the party (just got back from holiday) but bookdepository.co.uk - free international shipping. It's like crack for me.


I kind of hated The Line of Beauty the novel, is the adaptation, uuuuh . . . worth it?

Second contrarian opinion: Bring Up the Bodies was way disappointing.


@Lucienne I kinda loved it; I found myself racing towards the end to see what happened even though I damn well knew what happened considering I've read a billion books about the Tudors.

polka dots vs stripes

@Lucienne I'll be a contrarian with you: I didn't like Wolf Hall. While I love reading about the Tudors and recognize that it was overall a well written book, if you're going to make me work that hard to remember which "he" is currently speaking, I'm going to stop reading. It was so stressful!


@Lucienne I loved The Line of Beauty, but even if you hated it, I'd say see the adaptation. I liked it better than the book in many ways. It's long - it ran as a miniseries, but it's faithful to the book if more compressed and streamlined. The book got bogged down in details that probably meant something to anyone who grew up in England the 80's but didn't have any meaning to me. But for some reason the visuals in the miniseries were much more effective about bringing that time period to life. Also, Cousin Matthew/Dan Stevens is pretty awesome in it.


@polka dots vs stripes Wolf Hall was a total failure. There were NO wolves, and only one hall. 3/10 would not read again. Reason: lies.


@polka dots vs stripes I didn't even notice the "he" thing until other people pointed it out. WH was okay, but ButB was mostly just conversations about who other people are fucking and it didn't do enough with that, I thought, to make those conversations interesting. Though Jane Seymour was a bright spot.

Mary Mouse

I just watched this! I had to hide behind my hands for any parts involving Cousin Matthew applying lube. Now I'm DYING for an adaptation of The Stranger's Child.

sarah girl

@Mary Mouse Wait wait lube? What is this movie?

Mary Mouse

@Sarah H. It's the BBC adaptation of the novel The Line of Beauty, about gay men in 1980s London. If you enjoy close-ups of Dan Stevens' crotch as he's standing in an antique shop, GO FOR IT.

polka dots vs stripes

Wait a minute, Cousin Matthew has narrated award-winning audiobooks?! And did the Wolf Hall audiobook? I might have to try "reading" that one again...

Speaking of audiobooks, my library hold on the Mindy-Kaling-narrated copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me is finally available! Should I subject my boyfriend to it on our 10 hour car ride this weekend y/y?


@polka dots vs stripes Y!!!!!1


@polka dots vs stripes YES, he needs to hear the part about men and tying their shoes. Because, WTF is that all about?


For some reason I was not attracted to Cousin Matthew at all until he went to war? As soon as I saw him in that uniform I was all OH HELLO.


so wait why are we hiding under his bed and not in it?

Vera Knoop

Blue-eyed boys never do it for me. But Cousin Matthew is the mysterious exception, damn it. I want to make him blush.


You guyz! It's like the 'pin is reading my mind! I was just thinking about The Line of Beauty the other day.

The author has another novel out, this one about a weekend on a posh country estate in the 1930s. Apparently, if you liked Atonement you will like this one, although I haven't read it so I can't vouch for it--not yet.


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