#QueerlyLoves: Memorial, Bridgerton, The Midnight Library
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It’s too late to say Happy New Year now isn’t it?
Queerly’s Bottomless Brunch returned to the airwaves on Sunday which can only mean one thing: #QueerlyLoves is back in your inbox for 2021!
Wonderful. Now on with this week’s picks…
📚 Memorial by Bryan Washington: Benson and Mike are two young guys who have been together for a good few years but reach a point where they’re not entirely sure why they are a couple anymore. Funny and thought-provoking, Memorial is already a strong contender for my favourite book of 2021 (an early call I know!). Out now, Atlantic Books, £14.99.
📺 The Pembrokeshire Murders: Luke Evans stars in this true crime drama about a pair of unsolved double murders from the 1980s. With a prime suspect identified and currently in prison for other crimes, Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins searches for a key piece of forensic evidence to close the case. A smart twist on the typical whodunnit, more of a howdowegethim. All episodes, available now, ITV Hub.
🔈 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. A serialised version of The Midnight Library has unfortunately just disappeared from BBC Sounds - a Carey Mulligan narrated version of the audiobook is still available to buy on Audible. Perfect listening for your (my) lockdown bath time. Out now, Canongate Books, audiobook £20.99 from Audible.
🏳️🌈 OUT LOUD, a new radio show dedicated to championing music from LGBTQ+ artists starts on Queerly this Sunday. Join Kenney Fitzpatrick straight after Queerly’s Bottomless Brunch at midday (UK) for the best new releases from queer artists around the globe - listen at queerlyradio.com
📚 Story Of My Life by Sunny Jane Morton: A lovely gift I got for Christmas, described as ‘a workbook for preserving your legacy’. It’s a sort of journal with sections on school, childhood, parents, siblings, adulthood, career, etc., - perfect for this period where many of us are doing a lot of self-reflection. There’s also sections for others to add to your story. Expect to find ‘The GDC: The Memoirs’ in all good bookshops soon. Out now, Family Tree Books, £14.99.
🎧 Grounded with Louis Theroux: Like Queerly, this podcast is a project born out of the first lockdown. Now onto it’s second series, Grounded sees Louis Theroux stuck at home and using the time to track down some high-profile people he's been longing to talk to - from all walks of life and all around the world. Guests include: Michaela Coel, Boy George, Helena Bonham Carter, Oliver Stone and Sia. All episodes available now, podcast platforms, BBC Sounds.
📺 Bridgerton: Period drama gets the Netflix treatment in this glossy, big budget series from titan of television Shonda Rhimes. Set in London’s Regency era, we follow the fortunes of the six Bridgerton siblings as they seek love and happiness. A feast for the eyes in so many ways (see above, hello!) with some particularly racy moments along the way. Perfect lockdown viewing. All episodes out now, Netflix.
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