If you are after a new book to read, want some new music to listen or are in need of some daily inspiration, look no further than this week’s Friday Favourites!
Malala Yousafzai made headlines as the girl who defied the Taliban. As a result of her protests for girl’s rights to receive an education, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived. Since, she has continued to raise awareness on education. In 2014 she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Emma Watson recently sat down alongside Malala to discuss a range of topics from Gender Equality to Yousafzai’s upcoming film, “He named me Malala”. This interview is well worth a watch.
One artist making waves across the globe is Swedish songstress, Zara Larsson. Since winning Sweden’s Talang Sverige (Got Talent), her music has reached triple platinum status, but it’s only the beginning. She has just signed a three-album deal with Epic Records. If you are a fan of Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, you might want to give Zara’s new single ‘Never Forget You’ a listen.
The focus of this week’s book club will be Lesley Pearse’s novel, Tara. This coming of age tale spans across three generations, giving us readers an insight into a history much different from the way we live now. The book is filled with unexpected twists; a few laughs and it might even make you shed a few tears!
The book’s blurb reads as follows:
“In the East End, twelve-year-old Tara witnesses her villain of a father almost kill her mother. She forges a determination then and there to change her life.
This is the story of three beautiful and talented women. Mabel, whose great love for a gambling man has brought her close to insanity; gentle Amy, who marries a man brutalised by war and failure; and Tara, who is hungry for success and life on her own terms.
To have both, she must battle against the legacy these two women have left her, the deep prejudices and dangers of Whitechapel in the 1960s – with its gang leaders, rogues, market traders and dolly birds – and the passionate love she has had since girlhood for the charming wideboy and villain, Harry Collins. “
Quote of the week:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
That’s it for this week’s Friday Favourites, enjoy your weekend!