I love a good recommendation. Whether it’s for a book, a tv show, a new clothing brand or a recipe, I’ll try them all. With that in mind this new segment #whatthefizz will be a weekly round-up of all the things I’m watching, buying, reading and listening to. If you’ve got any recommendations to share, let me know. 

What I’m… Reading

this must be the place
Image: maggieofarrell.com

I recently finished reading This Must Be The Place, by Maggie O’Farrell, my favourite author. It follows the story of Daniel, an American living a reclusive life in deepest, darkest Ireland, with his once famous wife, Claudette. As with all her novels, the narrative jumps from person and time, and each chapter reveals another bit of the bigger picture, coaxing you to read on. It explores Daniel’s sense of self, his relationships, and who he becomes when everything else falls away.  If you’re new to her books, I’d start where I did, at the beginning with ‘After You’d Gone‘.

What I’m… Buying

Slogan tees are everywhere, and after seeing my best friend sporting an awesome ‘Girl Gang’ t-shirt, styled effortlessly with a pleated skirt and heeled boots for Friday night drinks and dinner, I decided to join the bandwagon with a couple new tees from one of my favourite brands, Mango – they’ve recently been all over instagram for their ‘heart breaker’ tee, but that’s not the one which caught my eye. ‘Rebel Unicorns‘ was an absolute steal at just £9.99, and ‘Femme‘ at £15.99. Both are loose-fitting, perfect for tucking into high-waisted jeans or skirts, and the grey cotton is so soft I’d be tempted to get another one to wear to bed.

What I’m… Watching

Big Little Lies
Image: HBO

You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard the commotion around Big Little Lies, produced by Reese Witherspoon, and based on the book by Liane Moriarty. It features an all-star female led cast, with Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley joining Reese Witherspoon on screen. It tackles big, bold themes including domestic abuse, motherhood, and friendship and throughout the series the characters weave an effortless web of lies to conceal the finale’s dramatic event. It’s only 7 episodes long, and you can see it on Sky or Now TV.  If it leaves you wanting more, you can read Liane Moriarty’s two other books.

I’m also half way through This Is Us, another recommendation from a like-minded friend. It aired on Channel 4 last year, but unfortunately not all the episodes are available on All4 catch-up, so I’ve committed bought the series on itunes. If you loved ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, this show is for you. It tells the story of an American family, all trying to figure out who they are. The characters are warm, considered and well-played, and Mandy Moore is fantastic in a matriarchal role.

What I’m… Listening To

The High Low Acast
Image: The High Low Acast

I’m fairly new to podcast scene. I dived in, head first, last year with BBC’s Desert Island Discs, and I could dedicate an entire blog post to Kirsty Young and my favourite episodes, but for now I’ll pick out a couple of favourites, including the session with Jo Malone and Tom Hanks.

I’m also subscribed to The High Low Show, presented by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. If you’re an ST Style reader, you’ll recognise them as the former Wardrobe Mistress and Dating Columnist. Their podcast is honest, funny and they pretend to be nothing other than who they are. It’s a love them or hate them combo, and I love them! As the name would suggest it covers everything from hard-hitting news to hilarious internet memes, and all that falls in-between. As a journalist and blogger, the Q&A section at the end is always interesting and inspiring.

Got any of your own recommendations? Let me know.

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