Friday in Five

19 Feb

Here are five things I loved this week. Feel free to share the love!

Life After LifeBook of the week

Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.

I didn’t even think I liked it… but I can’t stop thinking and talking about it!

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?”

It’s a fascinating premise, and Atkinson’s development of characters and circumstances is masterful.


Song of the week

jacques-brel-cigaretteMy French fascination continues unabated. With Ne Me Quitte Pas, Jacques Brel makes me weep in places I didn’t know held tears.




Picture of the week


Gravitational waves. It turns out Einstein was right. Again.

I rarely can comprehend the magnitude or importance of the discoveries coming out of NASA, but regardless, I find the space discovery absurdly romantic.

And thank heavens we have IFLScience to make the wonders of the universe real and relevant and understandable, even for romance writers.


Flick of the week

28-burry-bale.w529.h352The Big Short should be compulsory viewing for every adult, every year, until we stop being so stupid. Michael Burry, whose role in exposing the fraud that destroyed the global economy and made millions homeless, jobless and hopeless is played so ably by Christian Bale, has abandoned his corporate work and is now investing privately. And what calamity is he betting on now? Water shortages. If that doesn’t frighten you, I don’t know what will.

And finally, person of the week?

The irrepressible Tim Minchin, who says in song what so many people have been thinking: it’s time for Cardinal George Pell to front Australia’s child sex abuse royal commission in person. tim minchinBut since the mountain won’t come to Muhammad (or Melbourne, at least), Minchin is putting the proceeds from his new recording towards the expenses of Ballarat survivors travelling to Rome to hear the Cardinal’s testimony there.


Hope you’ve found lots to love in your own life this week. Happy weekend!

Gracie x

5 Responses to “Friday in Five”

  1. Servetus February 20, 2016 at 11:19 AM #

    I had a similar reaction to Life after Life (I have generally loved her other books, all of which I have read) — I can’t say I really liked the book but it is really thought-provoking.


  2. annacampbell February 20, 2016 at 4:54 PM #

    Love the Jacques Brel!


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