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FILM: ‘Frantz’

The Oldie

Director Francois Ozon reveals the touching story of the life of Anna, who loses her lover Frantz to the First World War trenches. Visiting his grave, she comes across Adrien, who claims to have been Frantz’s best friend. But then Adrien disappears, leaving Anna to look for him, with dark results.

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FILM: ‘The Salesman’

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Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017, this is a film that deserves to be seen. This is a suspenseful but beautiful tale of a struggling Iranian man looking to discover who assaulted his wife, while he simultaneously tries to keep hold of his job as a schoolteacher.  

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‘The Football Code’ by James Tippett

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Tippett, who analyses football for a betting consultancy, brings to light the extensive and sometimes unbelievable analytical methods used to measure and predict both team and player performances. From reading this insight, one realises how the plain brain cannot beat the bookies.  

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‘Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain’ by Peter Fiennes

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As fewer people than ever before venture into Britain’s woods and forests, and ever more trees fall to the dreaded deforestation, Fiennes looks to capture the magic and mystery of trees firmly grounded in our culture, exploring just how much our trees have inspired us.

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‘Decadence: A Literary Anthology’ edited by Jon Crabb

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The Times notes that ‘Crabb has done excellently to assemble a book with a strong sense of the distinctive fragrance of decadence’ as he explores the 1890s and the wilful disregard of Victorian virtue and respectability. The anthology includes not only prose and poetry, but parody and criticism.  

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‘What Your Clutter is Trying to Tell You’ by Kerri Richardson

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Richardson, through this book, aims to ‘uncover the message in the mess’ found in your office, apartment or house. But the clear up is not only material; lifestyle designer and coach Richardson also offers handy advice for clearing the clutter in your relationships.

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‘One Face, Fifty Ways: The Portrait Photography Ideas Book’ by Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson

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Building on their YouTube channel WeeklyImogen – which receives more than a million views a month – the pair have released a book guiding amateurs through their top tips. Angles, clothes, and new techniques will help you master the ‘selfie’, or perhaps taking photos of others. 

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‘Sleeping Beauties’ by Stephen and Owen King

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Stephen King – notorious for his recently cinematised horror novel It – has paired with his son to imagine an equally troubling situation, where women have vanished from the world. Turning the popular fantasy on its head, the Kings depict a world in which men are left to fight among themselves.  

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‘The Noise of a Fly’ by Douglas Dunn

The Oldie

The Scottish poet’s return to writing after sixteen years dormant is a powerful reflection on grief, youth and ageing – themes prevalent in his most-loved collection, ‘Elegies’. Shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry 2017, this is a collection to cherish. 

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‘Havergey’ by John Burnside

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Looking into a post-apocalyptic future, Burnside places his protagonist in 2050, where he finds a utopian community on an island after the world is plunged into environmental instability. This monograph by the Scottish poet is a thought-provoking and intriguing meditation.

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‘The Poisoned Chocolates Case’ by Anthony Berkeley

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Agatha Christie once deemed Berkeley ‘the master of the final twist’, and it does indeed follow that this story of a missing murderer has a conclusion to look forward to. Joan Bendix was suddenly poisoned by a box of chocolates, and the Crime Circle seek to solve the mystery. 

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‘A Constant Heart: The War Diaries of Maud Russell 1938-1945’ edited by Emily Russell

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Maud Russell, a Jewish-born German living as chatelaine of Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire, was able to give a remarkable account of life in the Second World War. The diaries strive to show the extremes of life at war, following house parties and love affairs, as well as bereavements and dislocation.

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‘The Art of Winnie the Pooh’ by James Campell

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Tracking the work of EH Shepard, the illustrator of AA Milne’s iconic ‘Winnie the Pooh’, Campell explains the journey from the pair’s first meeting to the creation of drawings all generations recognise. With more than 150 colour images, Campell uncovers a little-known story beautifully.

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‘Bowie: A Life’ by Dylan Jones

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Including 180 interviews with those who knew David Bowie in all the various stages of his life, Jones’s work is able to definitively explore and define the man who has captured imaginations for decades. A must-have for all Bowie fans or those intrigued by his fascinating life.

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‘The Ugly Five’ by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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From the creators of The Gruffalo, this story suitable for all ages celebrates the five ugliest animals in the savannah, from the warthog to the wildebeest to the vulture. With instantly recognisable illustrations, the tale is sure to leave you feeling warm inside.

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‘The Borscht Belt: The Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland’ by Marisa Scheinfield

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This is a photographic account of the abandoned holiday resorts that once flourished in New York state, and represented the prosperity of the Jewish community in the United States..

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‘A Game of Hide and Seek’ by Elizabeth Taylor

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Taylor’s novel explores the sickening effect of frustration and regret within a loving relationship. Harriet had fallen in love with Vesey, until he goes away, seemingly never to return. As Taylor entices the reader, Vesey returns, but only after Harriet is married to another man…

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‘Wedgwood: A Story of Creation and Innovation’ by Gaye Blake-Roberts and Alice Rawsworth

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Blake-Roberts and Rawsworth go into staggering detail as they delve into the past of England’s best-known designer of china and pottery. The authors had unprecedented access to the Wedgwood archive, and the book is full of patterns and sketches that give a true taste of a national emblem.

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‘A Cheetah’s Tale’ by Princess Michael of Kent

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This charming autobiographical account of growing up in Mozambique illustrates the depth of relationship possible between humans and animals. While tracking her caring for Tess, an orphaned cheetah cub, the book also forms a poignant depiction of Africa.

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The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook by Genevieve Taylor

Lysander Tyler-Green

This cookbook tells you all you need to know about your oven, from setting up to choice of wood, plus tips for perfecting cooking times, and more than 70 recipes. The ovens are extremely versatile; there’s the obvious flatbreads and pizzas, but you can also roast, grill and much more.

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Brockwell Lido

Arthur Nottle

It opened in July 1937, closed in 1990 and, after a local campaign, reopened in 1994. Distinctive architecture, unheated water and the cosiest café – with palm trees sprouting in the outdoor area as a gesture to Brixton’s Caribbean heritage. Be there before 11am to make it in time for brunch.

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Armarium: Rent your next special occasion look!

Harold Llwelyn

Forget the sad sashes and trampled hems of dress hire past. New Yorkers swear by Armarium (it’s Latin for wardrobe) for the Veuve Clicquot polo or dinner in the Hamptons.

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The Olive Oil Diet by Judy Ridgway and Dr Simon Poole

Hamish Charlton

Last year a third of olive oils sold in Britain were fake or of poor quality. Make sure you are getting the real deal; this book will ensure you choose and consume the best full-flavoured, well-balanced and extremely delicious extra virgin olive oil.

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Big Green Egg: Ceramic BBQ Grill

Alfred Watchley

This claims to ‘redefine’ how you barbecue. It’s a ceramic, charcoal barbecue cooker. Epic to look at, this is Nasa-inspired ceramics and guaranteed to reboot your outdoor cuisine. This is not a tool for a low-key dad flipping burgers for the family – this is the real BBQ deal.

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Honey & Co: The Baking Book

Rich Davey

The Middle Eastern food mecca has been churning out perfect-looking food bibles for a few years. What has provoked the most excitement to date, is the Baking Book. Whether you’re tackling a cheesecake or a preserve, the infectious cheer of the couple behind Honey & Co is catching.

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