July’s Cultural Round Up

July’s Cultural Round Up


Whether you’re looking for a poolside read or an album to stick on at a BBQ, SLMan’s monthly edit of the best new books, films and music is here to see you through the next few weeks…

BOOK: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig 

Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons To Stay Alive, has been catapulted into the role of mental health campaigner after sharing his poignant experiences of living with depression and anxiety. Asserting that the most comforting life lessons are learned during the toughest of times, The Comfort Book is a collection of wise consolations, drawing from memoir, proverbs and inspirations from the lives of others, aiming to instil a sense of hope on even the bleakest days. 

Out 6th July 

Visit Waterstones.com


This coming-of-age documentary follows Amaree McKenstry, a star athlete on the American football team at Maryland School of the Deaf. Defending a record-breaking 42-win streak while coming to terms with the loss of one of their close friends, the team learn to tackle adversity in the face of mounting pressure as they prepare to graduate and enter the hearing world. Filmed just months before the pandemic, the film explores Amaree’s relationships, challenges and successes, while banishing the stereotype that paints the deaf community as in a state of constant struggle. What comes through instead is the power and ability of these young sportsmen. 

Out 1st July 

Visit Netflix.com

FILM: Wrath of Man

As the director of Snatch and Lock Stock, Guy Ritchie’s built a reputation for telling a good story. His latest stars British action hero Jason Statham (Fast & Furious, The Transporter) as the mysterious and wild-eyed ‘H’: an LA cash truck driver with exceptional precision and combat skills. As he searches for his son’s killer, his motives begin to unravel and his destructive thirst for vengeance begins to unnerve his co-workers, and leads to fatal consequences. 

Out 23rd July

Visit YouTube.com

ALBUM: Durand Jones & The Indications – Private Space 

Landing just at the end of the month, the third studio album from Durand Jones & The Indications promises to be a jazzy and soulful soundtrack to the summer. The latest releases from the R&B group have hinted at a shift away from the familiar sounds of their previous albums, to a more experimental 10 part tracklist, brimming with modern synths, disco beats and strings. Expect a fresh and modern take on classic 60s funk. 

Out 30th July

Visit RoughTrade.com


If you’re looking to plan your next big adventure, this new book takes you from the mountains of New Mexico to the coast of Maine, making it a great source of inspiration, as well as a handsome addition to your office or living space. It maps extraordinary places throughout North America with captivating photography, amusing text and practical details, prices and tips. From beach houses and desert camps, to motels and ranches, it makes for a fascinating journey.

Out 26th July

Visit Taschen.com

SERIES: Heist 

Set to land on Netflix in July, this crime docu-series chronicles three of the biggest heists in modern American history, told by the ordinary people who managed to pull them off. From millions swiped from a Vegas casino to one of the biggest bourbon burglaries ever committed, the series will take audiences through each step of the crime, and asks how much you'd risk for the score of a lifetime?

Visit Netflix.com

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