One of the funniest films of the year opens on Friday, so of course we've included it in HELLO!'s pick of this week's events and new releases. Featuring Melissa McCarthy and Miranda Hart, Spy is a brilliant laugh-a-minute comedy classic, but if you're looking for something quieter, why not chek out the debut novel from teenage author, Anna Caltabiano?
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The Seventh Miss Hatfield, Anna Caltabiano
The debut novel from teenage author Anna Caltabiano, The Seventh Miss Hatfield is a magical tale of time-travel, love, and immortality. Cynthia, an 11-year-old American, has her life changed forever when she decides to enter the home of her neighbour, the mysterious Miss Hatfield. For Miss Hatfield is immortal, and now Cynthia is as well, taking on the aspects of her neighbour and slowly becoming the next Miss Hatfield. A journey back to turn-of-the-century New York, a wealthy household and the hardest decision of young Cynthia's life are now in front of her - but who is the stranger following her from place to place?
Available from 11 June, £8.99
Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Set up in 2010 to celebrate radicalism and the arts, the annual Stoke Newington Literary Festival is back for another year and this year the list of names speaking has gotten bigger and better. Feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez and former newspaper editor Will Hutton will both be speaking across the weekend, while the Budweiser Budvar Beer Tent will also be offering programmes of music & spoken word entertainment alongside a glass of Original pale lager.
Visit Stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com for more information
All of this belongs to you, V&A Museum
As Britain settles back into normal life after a Scottish referendum and a heated general election, the eclectic London V&A Museum is now "examining the role of public institutions in contemporary life" with their new exhibition, All of this belongs to you. A series of installations, pieces of art work and events, by artists including James Bridle, Natalie Jeremijenko and Jorge Otero-Pailos, will all ask visitors to discuss questions about the "opportunities, obligations and limits to participation" as it explores how we definite everything from civic identity to technology to democracy.
Visit Vam.ac.uk for more information
Melissa McCarthy is finally back on screens, and starring in one of the funniest comedies of the year so far. Susan Cooper (Melissa) is a deskbound CIA analyst who dreams of going out in the field. When the covers of the agency's top agents are blown, Susan finally gets her chance, as she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer. Full of laugh out loud one-liners, Melissa and British comedian Miranda Hart are an unstoppable comedy duo, with brilliantly hilarious chemistry.
FOOD AND DRINK
House of Peroni
Head over to east London's famous Brick Lane to enjoy the last week of a month-long celebration of the very best of Italian culture in London. The House of Peroni Residency brings together talents from the world of Italian food, drink, fashion, art and design, to allow visitors an immersive experience. Enjoy traditional foods from Michelin-starred chef, Accursio Craparo, and delicious cocktails from award-winning Italian molecular mixologist, Simone Caporale, all alongside stunning floral and art installations.
Visit Thehouseofperoni.com for more information
Northern Ballet's Madame Butterfly
Recently awarded the Best Company at the European Taglioni Ballet Awards, the Northern Ballet are back on the stage and performing a dance classic this week, Madame Butterfly. This heart-breaking Japanese tale of doomed love between American Naval Lieutenant, Pinkerton, and his young Japanese bride, Butterfly, is one of the Northern Ballet's most popular full-length productions. Attached to this week's performance is also the 17-minute long Perpetuum Mobile, a contemporary short dance which offers an excellent introduction to the technical and athletic talents of Northern Ballet’s dancers.
Visit northernballet.com for more information