Five things we loved this week

Posted on 24th March 2016 by Sally Campbell
Our literary round-up of the last seven days
Production draws on into the night

The adult-colouring book craze has reached new heights and decimated the world’s supply of pencils; in order to meet the huge increase in demand for quality colouring pencils, and keep up with the global trend, Faber-Castell have had to ask its factory workers to work longer shifts, late into the night. No doubt the Night Managers are handling this situation with aplomb. I wonder what my next point may be about…

Night Shift is over…or is it?

In a turn of events that echoes the Easter story itself, The Night Manager may not be gone forever after this weekend – it may return to our screens once more. The slick, Bond-like adaptation of John le Carre’s novel of the same name, admired for its impeccable polish and calibre of acting, may well have a sequel series. Here’s hoping it is true and we will delight in Hugh Laurie’s deliciously evil Richard Roper , Tom Hollander’s  wily Corcoran, and  Oliva  (now-reached-national-treasure-status) Coleman’s Angela Burr all over again next year.  And you know, that Tom Hiddlestone’s not bad either….

Putney has a brand new landmark

Putney has been the starting point for The University Boat Race since 1845. Among its notable residences have been: Thomas Cromwell, Clement Attlee, E. M. Forster and... Pierce Brosnan. Well, now, it has something else to shout about: a brand new Waterstones. Our gleaming new shop boasts a large Fiction and Travel section, a vibrant Children’s section and it has a sleek Dillon’s café that serves coffee so good you will never want to leave. We foresee 2016 as the year the Boat Race rowers all abandon the race at Putney, get out of their boats, swim to shore, shake hands, denounce all rivalry, and go and have a natter over a pain au chocolat in our shop instead. You never know…

Elena Ferrante – we salute you!

I would like to take this opportunity to suggest a Elena Ferrante be considered for Damehood (yes, apparently this is the correct female version of ‘Knighthood’) – not just because she has written some of the most important and steadfastly  -sometimes shockingly - honest pieces of literature from a woman’s point of view, and not just because they are sophisticated, ambitious, sweeping modern masterpieces, and not just because she has a pizza named after her (look this up, it is true),  she is even writing children’s books now. You know, maybe someone should ask her to write series two of The Night Manager? That may help make the Queen’s mind up…

A Short History of Comedy in 2016

Do you know what is funny? The Woodhouse prize – that is what is funny.  Each year, it laughs, chuckles, chortles, giggles, snickers,  guffaws, titters and twitters its way through all the best comedy writing before whittling it down to  the absolute funniest. The 2016 shortlist is out: The Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka (Lewycka won previously for her A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian) The Sellout by Paul Beatty, The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray There's Only Two David Beckhams by John O'Farrell and…a favourite of ours, Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. What do they amount to? A hilarious set, full of delightful folly and glorious gags, with plenty of the ridiculous thrown in too. Enjoy.



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