20 Things to Read, Watch and Listen to in 2020 | Living North

20 Things to Read, Watch and Listen to in 2020


Living North
The best of 2020’s entertainment hand-picked for you

To Read… 

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter
While we’re all a lot savvier about social media these days, it can still sometimes feel like everyone is living their best lives except you. Your friends are all either killing it with their careers, parenting the most adorable babies, or celebrating the next milestone of adult life, but Dawn O’Porter’s new novel is here to remind us that nobody’s life is perfect. Saucy, scandalous, and laugh-out-loud funny, So Lucky is a breath of fresh air – just be careful no one is reading over your shoulder in public!
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell Already making waves among early reviewers, My Dark Vanessa is being hailed as one of the most explosive books of 2020. A 21st century response to Lolita, this debut novel is hard to stomach and even harder to put down, exploring the psychological effects of a teacher/student relationship.

The Mirror and The Light by Hilary Mantel
Fans have been riveted by the widely-acclaimed Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies which chart the life of plotter and politician Thomas Cromwell, and in March the wait for the thrilling conclusion to the trilogy will be over and we’ll once again be immersed in Mantel’s rich tapestry of Tudor England.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen If you were kept up late into the night reading The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl, you’ll be delighted to learn that dream duo Hendricks and Pekkanen will be back in 2020 with another edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you reading past your bedtime. 

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
We’re hoping for another epic saga of House of the Spirits proportions as A Long Petal of the Sea is set to span decades and continents, following the lives of two young protagonists Roser and Victor as they flee from the Spanish Civil War and are forced to marry to survive. 

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Best-selling non-fiction author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel will be hitting UK shelves in 2020. Hiram Walker is born a slave on a Virginia plantation, but he is also gifted with a mysterious power that won’t manifest until he is almost a man, offering him one chance to escape his life of bondage.

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
The Casey family seem perfect – the three brothers, Johnny, Ed and Liam, and their families spend holidays, birthdays and weekends together, playing at happy families while beneath the surface, secrets simmer. When Ed’s wife Cara gets concussion, those secrets come spilling out and the family must finally face the music.

Clothes and Other Things That Matter by Alexandra Shulman
In this memoir, British Vouge’s former Editor delves into the meaning of clothes and why we wear them. Offering a multi-layered insight into the world of fashion, and a focus not just on the materialistic side of things – this one is not exclusively for the fashion set. 

How Do We Know We're Doing It Right: & Other Essays on Modern Life​ by Pandora Sykes
In this collection of essays from journalist and one of hit podcast, The High Low’s, hosts Pandora touches on wellness, happiness, womanhood, anxiety and everything else inbetween. 

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
From the second half of the duo behind The High Low podcast, journalist Dolly Alderton discusses the world of internet dating – with a focus on the phenomenon of ghosting – following her hugely sucessful and award-winning first release Everything I Know About Love. 

To Watch…

YOU, Season 2
If you didn’t catch season one of this psychological American thriller, then catch up fast, as all 10 episodes of season two are on Netflix now. Re-visiting Jo Goldberg, who now goes by the name of Will, post his previous relationship with Beck in season one (it ended badly, but we won’t tell you how), Will has decided love, after all, is for him…

Sex Education, Season 2
This January, the hotly-anticipated second series of heartwarming British drama Sex Education will arrive on Netflix. It follows the life of a group of teenagers and the son of a sex therapist who, in the midst of high school, launches his very own underground counselling clinic. 

Behind Her Eyes
From the producers of The Crown, this psychological series, adapted from Sarah Pinborough’s novel of the same name, follows the story of Louisa, a mother who has an affair with her psychiatrist boss before unexpectedly becoming friends with his wife.  

A Quiet Place Part II
After the events of the first film, we’re itching for the release of this mysterious horror. Judging by the trailer, A Quiet Place Part II, written and directed by John Krasinski and staring his real-life wife Emily Blunt, is set to take audiences on another wild ride. 

Legally Blonde 3
Yes, that’s right, Elle Woods is back – only 19 years after the original Legally Blonde dropped in 2001. And after discovering that Reese Witherspoon will reprise her iconic role in what will be a third movie, we couldn’t be more excited for its May release date. 

To Listen… 

I Weigh by Jameela Jamil
Following her 2019 social campaign, I Weigh, that focused on the idea that we are worth more than our body mass, Jameela Jamil is taking to the platform of podcasts to discuss the idea even further, with comedians, actors, writers and performers. 

Barack and Michelle Obama
Back in 2019 the power couple signed a deal through the former President and First Lady's production company, Higher Ground, to develop, produce and lend their voiced to multiple podcasts for Spotify. Although we have no idea what they will discuss, the prospect of a commute listening to anything by the duo is spine tingling. 

Imploding The Mirage by The Killers
After headlining Glastonbury in 2019, 2020 is looking just as massive for The Killers, who in May will head off on their biggest ever UK tour, and at some point will release their sixth album, Imploding The Mirage. 

Ellie Goulding 
The long-awaited follow up to her 2015 album, Delirium, Ellie Goulding’s fourth studio album will be out this year. Although there were rumours of its release in 2019, her New Year’s Day tweet ‘EG4 // 2020’ has us feeling confident this is the year. 

Zero to Travel 
If you fancy exploring the world in 2020, but aren’t going to make it for one reason or another, this podcast will inspire wanderlust. Filled with great tips and hacks on how to escape your day-to-day and take the trip of a lifetime, from cheaper flights to all the gadgets you really need. 

Published in: January 2020

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