As the Autumn weather gets colder, wetter and darker, we retreat into our cosy places, bed, in front of the fire or curled up with someone special, to listen, watch and dream.
Our Top 10 music hits this month
1. Royals, by Lorde (see soundcloud below)
2. Wrecking Ball, Miley Cyrus
3. Roar -2tr-, Katy Perry
4. Halcyon, Ellie Goulding
5. Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
6. Bonfire Heart, James Blunt
7. Afterglow, Wilkinson
8. R U Crazy, Conor Maynard
9. Juliet, Lawson
10. Can We Dance, The Vamps
Our film choices this month
Thor: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. A fantasy, action adventure for a rainy afternoon off work with the boyfriend!
The Book Thief
Director: Brian Percival
Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer
While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. More serious watching, but a little predictable, although entertaining. Sophie Nélisse is good in the lead role.
The director Brian Percival is of Downton Abbey fame, so this is visually satisfying.
The Scottsboro Boys
Venue: Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Opened 29 Oct 2013
Written Music by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb. Book by David Thompson
Director: Susan Stroman
This excellent production tells the true story of nine young black men, aged between 12 and 19, travelling on a train through Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 in search of a new life. By the end of their journey, their lives had been changed forever by the devastating effect of a single lie. Thoroughly worth seeing.
Books we enjoyed
Two books we enjoyed this month are short story collections, the first by new Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro, the “writers’ writer”, and the second a light, but lovely collection of short stories by Victoria Hislop, set in modern Greece.
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro
A collection of nine short stories that demonstrate the best of Alice Munro’s mastery of the short story, a forgotten art that is fast re-emerging as a popular form.
These stories have a sense of space and yet an evolving detail normally associated with longer novels, yet Munro masterfully creates this in a short space. These are sad and humorous stories by turn, each showing another aspect of small-town Canada, but this could be small town anywhere, as the truths reflected will be recognised as part of the human condition, a reflection of life as it is. Masterful!
The Last Dance and Other Stories by Victoria Hislop
This collection is a change from Hislop’s normally sweeter novels set in Greece, with a grittier feel and a sense of the true beauty and toughness of life in Greece, along with universal themes that transcend place.
The earlier stories are a little light and leave one feeling more was needed, but then Hislop seems to find her focus and produces some lovely, sad, humorous and entertaining vignettes that give us an insight into the Greek soul. Thoroughly entertaining!
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