Cultural Life: Harlan Coben, novelist
Friday 04 June 2010
Books: I just read and loved David Benioff's 'City of Thieves'. It is about the siege of Leningrad and manages to be moving, adventurous and funny, all at the same time. I don't normally read self-help but I really enjoyed 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin. It's as though the smartest girl in the class did all your homework on happiness and gave you her easy-to-digest notes. She spent a year test driving theories about how to be happier.
Films: I haven't seen much this year so here's one you might have skipped from 2008: 'Gran Torino' by Clint Eastwood, which I saw on DVD. In my opinion, this is his most underrated and perhaps best film. Too many people think it's a violent, vigilante film. It's anything but. Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) is a lonely and widowed Korean war veteran who sets out to reform his teenage neighbour, who tries to steal his 1972 Gran Torino.
Television: 'Lost.' Yes, the answer is obvious, but as we headed towards the climax of this series, I realised it may be the greatest show of all time. I don't say that lightly. Go back to season one if you missed it. It's on DVD. Thank me later.
Music: You probably haven't heard of American rock band Thriving Ivory and that's a shame. Start with the song "Angels on the Moon". It's online. Just download it and give it a listen.
Theatre: Keith Huff's 'A Steady Rain' on Broadway at the end of last year. I saw it with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman (below) and expected very little. It blew me away. I love when that happens. It is about two Chicago policemen who return a boy by mistake to a cannibalistic serial killer and then have to deal with the consequences of bad judgement.
Caught by Harlan Coben is published by Orion, £18.99
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 3 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 4 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
- 5 Chinese theme park sets up 'death simulator' where volunteers can experience being cremated
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils