What to Read, Watch and Listen to in August | Living North

What to Read, Watch and Listen to in August


The best of August's entertainment picked out for you


A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean
A multigenerational saga that will tug at your heartstrings, A Fire Sparkling begins after Gillian Gibbons is betrayed by the man she loves, subsequently fleeing to her family home. But while she’s there, she finds an old photo of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer – devastated, Gillian attempts to unravel the truth, seemingly to only reveal more questions, not only about her grandmother’s past, but also her own future. 
Out 1st August 

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Grab some snacks and a cup of tea because you won’t be leaving your seat until you’ve finished this one in one sitting. When Rowan comes across an advert for a live-in nanny with a staggering salary and room and board in a gorgeous house in the Scottish Highlands it seems like a dream. Little does she know, she’s actually stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and Rowan awaiting trial for murder.
Out 8th August 

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
The perfect book for lounging around the pool with – Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionised romance with her dating app, but in reality she is married to her career. But when a former pro-football player matches with her, she finds herself unable to resist the attraction… before she is ghosted and only meets him again when he’s by the side of her major business rival. Will she give him a second chance?
Out 6th August


We’ve all seen a hundred films making light of the struggles of new motherhood, but what about when your children have grown up and flown the nest? Otherhood (directed by acclaimed Sex and the City director Cindy Chupack) is a hilarious and honest story of three empty-nesters who fly to New York on Mother’s Day to reconnect with their sons, realising along the way the need to redefine the relationships in their lives. 
Streaming on Netflix 2nd August 

Fans of medi-documentaries won’t want to miss one of Netflix’s newest releases. Times columnist Dr Lisa Sanders crowdsources diagnoses for rare and mysterious medical conditions, sharing the sufferers’ strange symptoms in a bid to find a diagnosis that will change their lives forever. 
Full series available on Netflix 16th August

Twisted crime thriller series Mindhunter is back for a long-awaited second season this August, this time covering the Atlanta Murders of 1979-81 with the FBI team delving into the murky waters of criminal psychology to get inside the minds of monsters. 
Full series available on Netflix 16th August


Lover – Taylor Swift 
Come on, it’s no longer cool to pretend you don’t like Taylor Swift – her songs are too insanely catchy for that. If the rest of the album is as upbeat and fun as You Need to Calm Down then we’ll be happy.
Out 23rd August 

Threads – Sheryl Crow
Having hinted that this might be her last album, Sheryl Crow’s duets album Threads is not one to be missed, featuring duets with artists including Stevie Nicks, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash and James Taylor. 
Out 30th August 

Spectacular Failures 
If you find yourself unable to listen to super-lengthy podcasts, or just prefer something more bite-sized, this is the one for you. Spectacular Failures does as it says on the tin, detailing some of the biggest business flops of all time, including a Christian theme park put together by notorious televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. 

Published in: July 2019

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