READ THIS: This Too Shall Pass by Julia Samuel
Released earlier this month and endorsed by model Adwoa Aboah, journalist Pandora Sykes and relationship expert Esther Perel, This Too Shall Pass couldn’t have come at a better time. Drawing on hours of conversation with her patients, psychotherapist Julia Samuel shows how we can learn to adapt and thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences. Illuminated by the latest social and psychological research, this book unflinchingly deals with the hard times in family, love, work, health and identity. These powerful, unforgettable and deeply intimate stories about everyday people will inform your understanding of your own unique response to change and enlighten the way you approach challenges at every stage of life.
Available at Waterstones
CATCH UP ON SUNDAY NIGHT DRAMA: Belgravia
Based on the novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) the first episode of this six-part historical drama aired last Sunday. Catch up now, and tune in this weekend for episode two. Beginning at the Duchess of Richmond's ball two days before the Battle of Waterloo, the plot follows James and Anne Trenchard, who are living on the profits of their newfound trading success. Their young daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund Bellasis, the son and heir of one of the richest and most prominent families in England. Twenty-five years later, when the two families are settled into the newly developed area of Belgravia, the events of the ball, and the secrets, still resonate. Sunday night drama has never felt more timely.
Sundays at 9pm. Catch up here
COOK SOME NEW DISHES: Table Manners by Jessie & Lennie Ware
Fans of the podcast will know it was only a matter of time before this mum-and-daughter due released their own cookbook based on the famous series. Fun and full of opinions, Jessie and Lennie’s recipes focus on delicious, easy dishes designed for real people – and aim to get everyone eating together. Perfect for families now spending more time at home, why not try Lennie’s famous chicken soup with matzah balls? Or whip up a batch of the ‘Triple Threat’ Chocolate Brownies – a hit with many of the podcast’s celebrity guests. Otherwise, curl up to read Jessie and Lennie’s frank and funny food memoirs which are peppered throughout the collection – bookmarking recipes along the way.
Available at Waterstones
GET ON TOP OF THINGS: The Art of Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens
There’s never been a better time to get on top of your to-do list. A working mother with two young children, Elizabeth Emens soon realised that 'life admin' was consuming her. Desperate to survive and help others along the way, she gathered her favourite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households. Drawing on her research and writing in a wholly original manner, she shows how admin affects our lives; how we might reduce, redistribute and even prevent it; what 'admin personalities' we might have; and how to deal with it in relationships.
Available at Waterstones
LISTEN TO THIS: Castaway with Laura Whitmore
With more time on your hands, you might find yourself getting through more podcasts than usual. But a new series of Castaway – the podcast about podcasts hosted by Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore – should stop you from running out of recommendations any time soon. By interviewing a celebrity guest every week about what they're listening to, Laura’s guests – including Dermot O’Leary and Dame Kelly Holmes – have got you covered. Whether you’re looking for better mental health, a laugh-out-loud comedy or the next binge-worthy true crime series, there’s something for everyone among the suggestions.
GET INTO A NEW NETFLIX SERIES: The English Game
From the creators of Downton Abbey, this new six-part Netflix series explores the invention of football in the north of England in the mid-1800s, and how it rose to become the world's most popular game by crossing class divides. Edward Holcroft (Kingsman) and Kevin Guthrie (Sunshine on Leith) lead the cast as Arthur Kinnaird – the ‘First Lord of Football’ – and Glasgow native Fergus Suter, often considered the first recognised professional footballer. To prepare for the series, the cast trained at Trafford Training Centre in Carrington, the training ground of Manchester United, under the instruction of professional coaches. Perfect for those whose partners have a Premier League-shaped hole in their lives.
Available on Netflix from 20th March
DO A WORK OUT: Fiit
If your local fitness studio is closed and going to the gym feels too risky, it’s still possible to work out effectively at home – even with minimal equipment and/or space. Gone are the days of old-fashioned aerobics videos. With plenty of accessible sessions and a 14-day free trial for its premium content, Fiit has a range of 25 and 40-minute classes covering everything from HIIT to yoga, pilates to strength training. For those accepting this might be the new ‘normal’, the at-home workout brand also offers training plans spanning anything from a fortnight up to ten weeks. It’s also possible to train with friends, join the leader board on group classes and track your own calorie burn to ensure you get the best results.
TUNE IN TO THIS: Dame Helena Morrissey on Desert Island Discs
If you find yourself at a loose end on Sunday morning, there’s nothing more comforting than this classic BBC show. This week on Desert Island Discs, presenter Lauren Laverne is joined by future castaway Dame Helena Morrissey. Born in Cheshire in the mid-60s, Morrissey went on to Cambridge University before forging an illustrious career in the City. Joining Newton Asset Management in the 1990s, Morrissey became its chief executive in 2015 (when it managed £47bn in assets), cementing her status as one of the most influential women in finance. In 2010, Morrissey – herself a mother of nine children – founded the 30% Club to campaign for greater female representation on company boards. A trustee at the Eve Appeal, which raises money for gynaecological cancers and a fellow of Eton College, Morrissey was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2017. Inspired? We can’t wait to hear more from this female powerhouse.
BBC Radio 4, 22nd March, 11:15am
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