Arifa Akbar picks this year’s must-read book releases
If Haddin is about to retire, what better way to go than after the series of his life in which he has saved the Aussies time and time again?
It is understandable, to say the least, why football fans can get so frustrated at the amount of their money that ends up in the hands of football agents. Even in the era of the billionaire foreign benefactor, the theory has always been that the fans’ wages pay the players, through the medium of paying for tickets. For there to be other well-rewarded recipients almost feels like a betrayal of that.
He has put away the Chinese hang, yet Nick Mulvey is proving just as adept on acoustic guitar as he delights this packed basement venue with his bewitching technique. As a founder of Mercury-shortlisted jazz outfit Portico Quartet, he introduced us to that UFO-shaped percussion instrument. Now with two EPs under his belt, Mulvey is building up to the release of a major-label album next year.
No matter what our age, background or relationship status, we’re all connected by one common theme – our quest to find love.
Daniel Kitson’s new show is a reflection on reality, memory and our sense of self. Hardly wall-to-wall giggles, you might think, but this publicity-shy, TV-shunning, Perrier Award-winning comic’s talent lies in burrowing into the human psyche and dispensing profound nuggets through tales in which, more often than not, he is the hapless protagonist. After The Beginning, Before The End is like a TED talk with added LOLs.
A perpetual voyager is saved by selflessness and a terrific chorus
We are formed by what we desire,” declares Bill Abbott, the bisexual narrator of John Irving’s thirteenth novel.
Sensitively accompanied by Jonathan Cohen's ensemble Arcangelo, soprano Anna Prohaska here offers a selection of baroque arias based on the supernatural – a mythopoeic world of nymphs, fairies, gods and sorcerors.
With zombie fiction trending so heavily, you could be forgiven for thinking that this fascination with the undead, much like the vampire before it, may be in danger of being done to, well, death. For where else is there to go? The answer, perhaps, lies no longer in aiming for the head, but getting inside it. Or at least that's what Jonathan Levine's new zom-rom-com, Warm Bodies, suggests. A film that is leading the pack in telling us that zombies are people too.
A castle of your own? A treehouse just for two? A private castaway island? Aoife O’Riordain reveals that small is beautiful when it comes to romantic retreats
Presumably it will not take long for people to start hailing Sprinter Sacre as a two-mile steeplechaser without precedent, in keeping with the fatuous instinct that seems to demand indulgence with each new champion, both over jumps and on the Flat.
Wowee! You think you've had some bad first dates? How about this one?
Sarah Alexander is happy to play the older woman, she tells Gerard Gilbert
The Shining, once dubbed the "scariest movie ever", is set to provide more chills for British audiences with the release of an extended version never seen before in this country.