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What to listen, read and watch this summer

Jazz EP, Rodrigo and Gabriela

Featuring three covers from the Grammy-winning Mexican acoustic duo, the Jazz EP takes on Kamasi Washington, Snarky Puppy and Astor Piazolla. The first release of the decade for the duo, play it in the back garden while the sun is shining and it will transport you to places beyond restrictions.

Life by Misadventure, Rag’n’Bone Man

Rag'n'Bone Man.
Rag’n’Bone Man.

Produced and recorded by Grammy-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Elizondo, Rag’n’Bone Man’s second album packs a heavy dose of bluesy soul and sounds like it was recorded as a living album. He says the album is about “growing up, becoming a dad, and then really being scared about the future.” Extremely relevant content.

Blackest blue, Morcheeba

Blackest blue, Morcheeba
Blackest blue, Morcheeba

People of a certain vintage are very excited about Blackest Blue, the duo’s tenth studio album which is famous for crushing genres with jaw-dropping results. This 10-track release harkens back to their early releases and will transport you to climes far beyond your backyard.

11 The Past Hour, Imelda May

11 The Past Hour, Imelda May
11 The Past Hour, Imelda May

Anthemic, tender and belt-packed, 11 Past The Hour features May’s full lineup and tenure. Highlights include Diamonds and Just One Kiss – a dirty and sexy collaboration with Noel Gallagher. Don’t Let Me Stand on my Own with Niall McNamee is glorious and a standout track.

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Diving for Pearls by Jamie O’Connell

Diving for Pearls by Jamie O'Connell
Diving for Pearls by Jamie O’Connell

When a young Emirati woman is found dead in Dubai Marina, the lives of six people – who exist across a vast array of privilege and inequality – collide, including a young Irish couple. This page-turner is the first offering from the Cork O’Connell writer and a sign of great things to come from him.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Malibu Rising

Taylor Jenkins Reid's Malibu Rising
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Malibu Rising

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of summer. But in the space of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever. From the best-selling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, it’s a glorious adventure.

Roisin Meaney’s Book Club

Roisin Meaney's Book Club
Roisin Meaney’s Book Club

After a tragic accident leaves a seaside community reeling, the arrival of a mysterious stranger sparks all sorts of shenanigans. As secrets unfold at book club meetings, the community learns to heal. An ideal holiday read from bestselling author and wife Kerry, Meaney.

Three Weddings and a Proposal by Sheila O’Flanagan

Three marriages and a proposal by Sheila O'Flanagan
Three marriages and a proposal by Sheila O’Flanagan

When Delphine’s life is turned upside down at a wedding, she is forced to rethink everything that matters to her. With her life in tatters, she must decide once and for all whether love and family should come before career and independence. Perfect for lazy summer days.

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The Mosquito Coast, Apple TV

The Mosquito Coast
The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast is a gripping drama that follows the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots her family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government.

Tomorrow’s War, Amazon Prime

tomorrow's war
tomorrow’s war

Coming to Amazon Prime in July, The Tomorrow War is set in a futuristic war, where humans are losing the fight against alien invasion. Chris Pratt stars as high school teacher Dan Forester – one of the men recruited to travel to the future and fight in a war to save tomorrow’s future.

Walking Dead Season 11, Disney Plus

Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars in The Walking Dead
Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars in The Walking Dead

Returning to our screens in August with eight new episodes, there are all kinds of treats in store for fans of the show as it comes to an end. Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has revealed that the series will show his character Negan’s love affair with his wife Lucille, who is played by his real wife, Hilarie Burton.

Cruel, Disney Plus

Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney's live-action CRUELLA.
Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA.

Emma Stone holds the title role in Cruella, which is set in 1970s London in the midst of the punk rock revolution. It follows a young con artist named Estella, a smart and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs – spoiler alert, Estella becomes Cruella. Starring Emma Thompson as Baroness von Hellman, expect style and substance from this prequel to 101 Dalmations.