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In March the team met up for another ‘books and more’ discussion. From lifestyle to laughs and learning, there was something for everyone included. Check out our recommendations below, and let us know if you have read, watched or listened to anything good recently!

 

Reading 📖:

The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer 

A page-turning story with a cast of unforgettable characters, The Satsuma Complex is the brilliantly funny first novel by bestselling author and comedian Bob Mortimer. Follow Gary’s quest, through the estates and pie shops of South London, to finally bring some love and excitement into his unremarkable life…

 

 

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

A bestselling novel by Richard Osman… In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders; but when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

 

 

Citizens by Jon Alexander

The headlines of our time are enough to make anyone feel helpless, but when we start to think and act like Citizens, not Consumers, everything changes. A powerful read from Jon Alexander, he notes how the pandemic got citizens involved, helping one another through unprecedented challenges. A whole new society became possible in that time. However, our leaders couldn’t see it, because they were blinded by the Consumer Story… What happens when we move away from people being subjects and them becoming active participants?

 

 

Unruly by David Mitchell

An extremely witty read! From King Arthur to Elizabeth I, David Mitchell delivers a typically side-splitting yet highly informative history of England’s most powerful rulers. Think you know the Kings and Queens of England? Think again.

 

Listen🎧:

Fun fact: you can now listen to a whole range of audiobooks on Spotify!

It’s about bloody time by Emma Barnett

Don’t be revolted, lead the revolt – preferably with a grin on your face and a tampon tucked proudly behind your ear.

Emma loathes her period. Really, she does. But there’s something she loathes even more: not being able to talk about it. Freely, funnily and honestly. Without men and women wrinkling their noses as if she’s pulled her tampon out and offered it as an hors d’oeuvre.

Now, in Period., Emma draws on female experiences that will make you laugh, weep (and, most probably, squirm), in a fierce and funny rallying cry to smash this ridiculous taboo once and for all. Because it’s about bloody time. Period.

 

Cillian Murphy’s Limited Edition – BBC Radio 6

A nocturnal playlist made to play after dark, with music from all corners of Cillian Murphy’s record collection

 

The Ruby’s Curse by Alex Kingston 

Join River Song for a fun adventure… in 1939, New York. Private-eye Melody Malone is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra’s tomb – but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. Can Melody escape the ruby’s curse?

 

BBC World Service

CrowdScience – Is the BMI fatphobic?  

The BMI, or Body Mass Index, is used globally to flag health risks associated with weight. But is it actually useful, and why is there growing concern it could be bad for us? (This topic sparked quite a discussion from the team!)

How should we measure cleverness?

Is IQ the best measure of intelligence? CrowdScience pokes at the subject of smartness, using a panel of experts and some human lab-rats set all flavours of puzzle-room challenges.

Managing Expectations by Minnie Driver

A dazzling ‘tell-most’ memoir: poignant and laugh-out-loud funny scenes from the life of actor Minnie Driver.

A memoir-ish book, hear from Minnie Driver like you’ve never heard from her before. She shares how all of our stories are connected by that great leveller of acclaim, loss, fortitude, and fortune: being human.

High Performance Podcast 

Hosts Jake Humphrey and Damian Hughes turn the lived experiences of the planet’s high performers into your life lessons!

Watch📺:

Mary and George

Witness the outrageous true story of Mary Villiers, who moulded her son into seducing King James I and becoming his all-powerful lover. Julianne Moore stars, in a poignant watch, with laughter and tears.

 

 

 

Here We Go

Family life with no filter. The Jessops navigate life’s everyday challenges – from changing jobs to kidnapping dogs. A chaotic comedy with Alison Steadman and Katherine Parkinson. Told through the son’s own POV, this is a light-hearted comedy for all ages.

Formula 1 Drive to Survive 

Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track — during each cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

 

Full Swing 

This immersive documentary series follows a diverse group of professional golfers — on and off the course — during a relentless season of competition. There isn’t a dull moment in sight!

 

Six Nations: Full Contact 

Round by round, match by match, the best rugby teams in Europe battle it out to take home the trophy in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Championship.

Other mentions: 

Daydream by Lily Meola 

A song the team are loving listening to!

 

 

Don’t forget to share what things you’ve loved recently, we’d love to hear!