The Splendid And The Vile by Erik Larson
2020 marks 80 years since the beginning of the relentless bombing campaign against Britain in 1940. The Splendid And The Vile takes a look at Winston Churchill’s leadership during The Blitz, and how he taught the British people the ‘art of being fearless’. At a time when today’s political discourse is so dysfunctional, The Splendid And The Vile takes us back to a time of true leadership and makes a compelling read.
Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth
Exposing the truth behind the filters and the fabrications that we post online, Adults is very much a modern day story. Emma Jane Unsworth tells a misadventure of maturity, a satire on the age of self-promotion, and takes a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood in this hilarious and relatable novel.
Agency by William Gibson
Both a sequel and a prequel to his previous novel, 2014’s The Peripheral, William Gibson’s Agency skips between a post-apocalyptic London and an alternate San Francisco where Hilary Clinton won the 2016 Presidential Election. Wildly satirical and incredibly timely, Gibson’s high-energy sci-fi thriller is a must read.
Bad Boys For Life
Forget romance, we’re all about bromance – and there aren’t many bromances more iconic than that of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys. Like your grandma slipping a fiver into your pocket as you’re leaving, this buddy-cop comedy franchise has given us a sequel that we didn’t ask for, but we’re glad to have.
If you’re looking to take a date to the cinema this Valentine’s, then Fantasty Island is the film to go see. The supernatural horror film, based on the 1970s television series of the same name, will have your hearts pumping, and you’ll be holding each other's hands out of fear in no time – how romantic.
In cinemas 14th February
Better Call Saul
It’s been a long two years since season four of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel starring Bob Odenkirk as he transitions from law-abiding lawyer Jimmy McGill to the sleazy criminal-for-hire Saul Goodman that we all know and love. This season promises to take us even closer to the events of Breaking Bad, and introduces some fan favourites from the original show.
Streaming on Netflix, 24th February
Supervision by La Roux
Having stormed onto the pop scene with enormous success in the late Naughties, the Grammy Award-winning Bulletproof singer La Roux has remained relatively quiet for the past decade. Supervision marks her first musical output in over five years, and we can’t wait to hear it.
Out 7th February
A hilarious comedy podcast hosted by North-East legends Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson, Athletico Mince tackles everything from football and hooligan culture to Bob and Andy’s questionable impressions of real and fictional characters. The duo are even taking their podcast on a UK live tour beginning later this month, and it looks as if it’s going to be a ball.
Out Now (new episodes regularly)
Momentary Bliss by Gorillaz, Slowthai, Slaves
An unlikely collaboration between three iconic British artists, new single Momentary Bliss sees politically-charged rapper Slowthai and punk duo Slaves team up with Grammy Award-winning Gorillaz, and it certainly does what it says on the tin. It’s the first in a series of collaborative ‘episodes’ that Gorillaz will be releasing with different artists throughout the year, and we’re looking forward to whatever’s next.