March's top picks of Literature, film and music
Once again, we present our top new book, film and audio releases for the month. This handpicked selection is begging for you to bury your nose in a good read, get engrossed in a thrilling film or relax in the car/bath/in front of the fire with some new favourite tunes. From the genius of Alan Turing, mastermind of the computers of today, to Tintin and Snowy's recent adventures on the silver screen, we have it covered.
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, Hardback by Sue Townsend – The enduring comic author of the Adrian Mole series returns with this tale of a lonely mother. Left to her own devices when her children leave home for university, she decides to be rid of the world and climbs into bed. And stays there. Word soon spreads of her lie-in, garnering attention from the very world she is trying to escape.
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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins Of The Digital Universe, Hardback by George Dyson – This book captures the emotion felt during the turning point toward creating the digital world and the first electronic computer, which was born through the minds of two of the most highly creatively thinking mathematicians, Alan Turing and John von Neumann.
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The Ivy League, Hardback by Daniel Cappello – Through photographs and texts, The Ivy League gives us a closer look at eight of the most prestigious American universities, detailing the rivalries, traditions and styles that set them apart.
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Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike, Hardback by William Fotheringham – Regarded by many as the Muhammad Ali of cycling, Eddy Merkx was without doubt a success machine. Leading cycling writer William Fotheringham speaks with those closest to Merkx during his raft of prolific victories, building a picture of a relentlessly driven man and what made him taste the success he did.
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Vladimir Horowitz: The Video Collection, DVD – With a career spanning over sixty years, the prolific and celebrated pianist's collection of video performances, interviews and documentary footage are compiled in this restored and re-mastered collection.
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Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn, Blu-Ray/DVD – Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's collaboration brings the adventures of a young reporter and his faithful dog to a new audience. The film draws from the originals comics and subsequent cartoon, skilfully fusing three Tintin adventures, "The Secret of the Unicorn," "Red Rackham's Treasure," and "The Crab with the Golden Claws".
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The Ides Of March, Blu-Ray/DVD – A politically charged 'sign of our times' film about battling politicians in the Ohio Democratic Primary. Aside from director/star George Clooney, expect outstanding performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marissa Tomei and Ryan Gosling as they battle it out and spin the secrets behind a tireless election race.
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Puss In Boots, Blu-Ray/DVD – One for the kids – or the kid in all of us. Breaking out of his supporting role in the Shrek films, Antonio Banderas' Puss in Boots character gets a full adventure of his own. With a number of witty asides that adults will also enjoy, the film holds a little of something for everyone.
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The Shins' The Port Of Morrow, Audio CD – This fourth album from the immensely popular American indie rock band is really a cut above in terms of musical experience, best enjoyed when you have time to really concentrate on the music. Essential for music aficionados.
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Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, Audio CD – Wrecking Ball is Springsteen's seventeenth album release, featuring eleven new songs, and fans of The Boss can be sure of a good listen. Reflecting on present day hard times, this latest effort is a relevant slice of the sound of America.
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André Previn's The Jazz Recordings, Audio CD Boxset – A ten-disc collection of the American composer, conductor and pianist's jazz works. Though not best known for his jazzy tunes, Previn was a recognised and award-winning jazz pianist in addition to his more classical work, film scoring and stage work.
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The Stranglers' GIANTS, Audio CD – Following something of a resurgence in popularity in the UK, ever-evolving punk rock/new wave band The Stranglers return with a new two-disc album of material. With a career spanning almost forty years, it would be wrong to say they haven't had an interesting history – and their music is anything but boring. This latest project is full-on pure Stranglers sound.
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