Autumn listening, watching and curling up with a good book

As the autumn days turn to golden light and the leaves change and fall, we like to curl up under a duvet or in front of a cosy fire, listen to our favourite music, watch a film or read a good book. Here’s our October selection.



Our Top 10

1. Roar, Katy Perry

 2. Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz) [Explicit], Jason Derulo

 3. Counting Stars, One Republic

 4. Skyscraper, Demi Lovato

5. Count On Me [feat. Moko], Chase & Status

6. You Make Me, Avicii

 7. Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

8. Wake Me Up, Avicii

 9. Can We Dance, The Vamps

 10. Burn, Ellie Goulding


We love Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper, so here’s the video:





Out now:


Thanks for Sharing (2012)


A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction. Light and entertaining, but not a heavyweight film.


Director: Stuart Blumberg

Writers: Stuart Blumberg, Matt Winston

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow


How I live now (2013)


An American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family finds herself in hiding and fighting for her survival as the third world war breaks out. An action thriller in an unusual setting, albeit a well-trodden plot-line.


Director: Kevin Macdonald

Writers: Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni and others

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland


Sunshine on Leith (2013)


Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. A topical film worth seeing


Director: Dexter Fletcher

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn

Stars: Jason Flemyng, George MacKay, Peter Mullan



A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (a novel), Xiaolu Guo

Vintage Press (2008)

Not a new book, but still a favourite of ours. Xiaolu or X, as she calls herself, presents a telling portrait of what it is like to be a Chinese immigrant in London – the oddities of England, the strangeness in her eyes.


She also offers some great humour in transposing Chinese ways of thinking about the world onto England and the English – it rains so much this must effect the character of the English.


The book is also sexually aware and explicitly honest, offering a small, gritty insight into sex and sexuality in an evolving relationship. This is an unusual and strangely satisfying book to read. We recommend it.


(Click on the image at right to buy this book)


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