The literary world is abuzz this week with the release of Harper Lee's new novel, Go Set a Watchman. The book, which was written before To Kill a Mockingbird in the Fifties, has only just been printed and is causing some controversy. Read it for yourself and decide.
Meanwhile in London, tickets are going fast for Alexander McQueen's exhibition at the V&A, which has been open since March but is closing in two weekends – and to cope with demand, 12,000 more tickets have just gone on sale and the exhibition will be open around the clock.
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Michael Douglas returns to the big screen in this new superhero flick, in which he plays Dr. Hank Pym and stars opposite Paul Rudd, also known as Scott Lang or Ant-Man. Scott must learn to embrace his inner hero and help his doctor mentor pull off a heist that will save the world, while being armed with a super-suit that allows him to shrink in size but increase in strength.
Go Set a Watchman
The highly anticipated novel by Harper Lee was released earlier this week, with thousands of copies flying off the shelves. The controversial book is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from the first novel To Kill a Mockingbird, some 20 years later. Scout, now known as Jean Louise, has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
A new production is taking over the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. This much-loved musical, which includes hits Bless Your Beautiful Hide, Goin' Courtin', and Wonderful, Wonderful Day, is reinvented on stage and directed by Rachel Kavanaugh. The plot focuses on married couple Milly and Adam. When the two return to Adam's farm, Milly is shocked to meet his six ill-mannered brothers and promptly begins teaching them good behaviour, and most importantly, how to court a woman. But after the brothers kidnap six local girls during a town barn-raising, a group of indignant villagers tries to track them down.
To book tickets see openairtheatre.com.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Alexander McQueen's wildly successful exhibition at the V&A museum in London has been open since March, but due to popular demand, the museum announced earlier this week that the exhibition would be open around the clock for the last two weekends of its run. An additional 12,000 tickets have been released for visitors to head down before the collection closes on 2 August. Guests will have the chance to admire the designer's most iconic pieces and accessories, while also enjoy refreshments from the bar.
To book tickets see vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty.
FOOD AND DRINK
If it's good enough for Katy Perry, Channing Tatum, Sophia Bush and Liam Hemsworth, it's good enough for us. Hotel Chantelle, the famed New York restaurant and late night hotspot, is coming to the UK and opening its first branch, Hotel Chantelle London, in late July. The new venue is located just off Oxford Street and boasts a creative menu that mixes upscale American dining with fun French fare. Think waffle-crusted fried chicken with maple syrup cotton candy and brunch entrees like frosted flake-encrusted stuffed French toast. Brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are on offer, with live jazz performances taking place on weekends.
To book a table in advance, see hotelchantelle.com/london.
The Curious Arts Festival
Running from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 July, the Curious Arts Festival could read like a who's who of the UK's most celebrated authors. David Nicholls, author of One Day and Us, and Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, are among those who will descend on the beautiful grounds of Pylewell Park in the New Forest to hold talks and workshops. They will be joined by musicians and comedians while a kids' programme including poetry, puppet-making, writing workshops and storytelling will also be on offer. For the foodies a pop up fine dining restaurant, a cocktail bar from Fever-Tree, a tea room, juice bar and gelateria ice cream parlour will also be set up.
To book tickets see curiousartsfestival.com.