The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins) : intelligent young adult books which topically highlight the impact of war and violence on children
Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule The World (William Cohan): for those interested in finance, an absorbing 600+ pages on the investment bank
Source Code (Duncan Jones): as original as Inception but with characters that you believe in and care about
The Princess of Montpensier (Bernard Tavernier) : typical French film in which every man falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic woman in very low-cut dresses but this time set against the backdrop of the wars between Catholics and Protestants in 1562
Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga) : wasn’t going to see this but it was on at my local cinema while I was reading The Eyre Affair. Visually atmospheric but not as emotionally stirring as my favourite version – the BBC series with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson.
German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse (MOMA) : have now seen this fab exhibition for the third time and it was fascinating to learn that artists took their etching equipment with them while they served on the front during World War I
Jerusalem (Jez Butterworth) : thrilling theatre which displays a decidedly modern view of England.
I saw this play in the same week as the Royal Wedding and it reminded me that one of the things I love about England is that it can be both very modern and very traditional at the same time.