The Secret Life Of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a girl of fourteen haunted by the belief that she accidentally killed her mother when she was four, decides to leave the peach plantation where she lives with her hateful father and run away with her black maid Rosaleen after she is put in jail for getting into trouble with a gang of the most racist men in town. Following … Continue reading The Secret Life Of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

A musical ode to hopes and dreams

La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016) follows the efforts of Mia (Emma Stone) and Seb (Ryan Gosling) to fulfil their dreams. She is an aspiring actress looking for her first break while he is a pianist whose sole ambition is to save jazz, an art form he believes is in decline. When their paths cross they do anything they can to keep each other believing … Continue reading A musical ode to hopes and dreams

The Kingkiller Chronicle – Patrick Rothfuss

The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss tells the story of Kvothe – a young boy of the Edema Ruh (travellers) who loses his family to a pack of demons. After the horrible events of that fateful night, Kvothe sets off on a mission to discover all that he can about the creatures who murdered his family so that he can hopefully avenge them. The only … Continue reading The Kingkiller Chronicle – Patrick Rothfuss

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom is based on a true story – the story of Seretse Khama, prince of Bechualand (modern day Botswana), who while studying in London falls in love and marries Ruth Williams, a white woman in the late 1940s. The marriage causes political turmoil and friction between Seretse and his uncle, the king regent. The interracial marriage happens just as the regional hegemon, South … Continue reading A United Kingdom

Arrival

Arrival is the latest film by director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, 2015). Linguist Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is contacted and hired by the US forces when 12 spacecrafts appear in different locations around the world. Dr Louise and second recruitee Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) set out on a mission to find a way of communicating with the heptapods that inhabit the spacecraft that touched down … Continue reading Arrival