What to watch, read and listen to in August

What’s a summer break without some quality iPad time? This month: the return of comedy favourites, some excellent thrillers and major pop bangers.

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Television & movies

If you’ve been waiting for The Good Place to come back, wait no more! Season 2 hits Netflix on August 28; brush up before Season 3 premieres on September 27. Then there’s Disenchantment, the enchanting (sorry) new series from Matt Groening that follows Princess Bean, her ragtag crew and decidedly un-fairytale-like adventures. If you like murder mysteries for your plane journeys (we can’t think why), look out for the new Agatha Christie adaptation, Ordeal by Innocence.


You haven’t listened to Everything is Love? Umm, you need to get on that, right now. (If you have and you’re going to see it love, props! And some tips.) Also, guys, Robyn is back! Her new track Missing U is making us wonder why she left us for so long. Song of the summer, for sure. Then there’s The 1975’s newest, Love It If We Made It, a sneaky, searing piece of social commentary disguised as some very palatable pop-rock.

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If your idea of a good podcast is a gripping, unsettling true crime series, you’ve got a good one in West Cork, which looks at the 1996 unsolved murder of French film producer Sophie du Plantier in… you guessed it, West Cork. Endless Thread delves into some of Reddit’s most intriguing communities to mine their expertise, opinions and stories.


Leïla Slimani’s Lullaby has been a regular on this year’s bestseller lists, and is being touted as an excellent (if scary) summer read. It’s all about the relationship between a working couple in Paris and their seemingly perfect nanny. (No spoilers: The tagline on the cover says ‘The baby is dead’.) For something more lighthearted, look to the newly released How To Be Famous by the always hilarious Caitlin Moran. This is the follow-up to her 2014 novel How To Build A Girl, and is funny, thoughtful and resolutely feminist. And in anticipation of the next fortnight and all its Crazy Rich Asians frenzy, here’s a book that’s being touted as its 2018 successor: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan.

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Emma Chong Johnston

Emma is a new mum, compulsive shopper and cityslicker through and through. Perfect holiday: shops, sunshine and gelato (and maybe a babysitter).

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