Staying in: best of the new releases, April 19 – 25, 2017



While radio documentaries have been enjoying a renaissance via podcasts, the golden age of the radio drama still seems a dim and dusty memory (although, if you really believe that, let me point you towards the BBC’s iPlayer app). Audible has recently entered the drama market with some starry productions, but Gimlet Media’s

Homecoming feels quite new. A gripping six-part thriller that makes the most of its sound-based format, it stars Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer – and is completely free.


The Leftovers

This bleak drama from the team behind Lost has been a slow-burn hit. Tracking humanity’s fate after a chunk of the world’s population mysteriously vanishes, the HBO series has survived a tepid start to become one of the best things on telly. (One critic cheekily suggested the world has simply caught up with the dystopian vision it offers.) Melburnians are in for an extra treat with this third and final series as the action (and filming) moves to our fair city.


Prince A to Z By Steve Wide

Written and illustrated by the pair responsible for last year’s Bowie tribute, this alphabetical tour through Prince’s all-too-short life makes for a fittingly handsome and colourful memorial. It’s packed with fascinating tidbits.

“B is For Batman” not only reveals Neal Hefti’s 1966 theme was the first song Prince learnt to play, but also contains gossip about his affair with Kim Basinger. In “N is For Nothing Compares 2 U”, we learn he once had fisticuffs with Sinead O’Connor.

TWR 19 April Staying In BOOK Prince A to Z

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Amy Shark

All eyes are on this Queensland pop singer after she took out the No. 2 spot in this year’s Hottest 100 (the first female solo artist to get that close to the top since Lorde). Amy shares more than that with the blockbusting New Zealander.

There’s a similarly haunted quality to the heartsore drama on offer here, six black-and-white filmic affairs played out as slo-mo, razor-sharp pop. A full album is still some way off, but don’t wait. Amazing.


Win jackie DVDs

Thanks to Entertainment One, we have three Blu-rays of heartbreaking biopic Jackie to be won.

Go to and leave a comment identifying the book reviewed in this week’s mag. Closes midnight Sunday, April 23.





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