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The drama is a contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s novel with same title. The TV series, which opens in Cairo, follows the story of a hotel night manager who is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate the trusted inner circle of a ruthless arms dealer. The critically acclaimed series features an outstanding cast including; Tom Hiddleston (Thor) and Hugh Laurie (House), both of whom won a Golden Globe for their performance in The Night Manager and Australia’s very own and AACTA award-winning, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).
The Night Manager is set at the height of the Arab Spring, where hotel night manager, Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) receives a plea from an elegant, well-connected guest. Compelled to do what he thinks is right, Pine makes contact with his friend at the British Embassy - but his actions unwittingly draw him into the terrifying world of ruthless arms dealer, Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). Soon he is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate Roper’s trusted inner circle.
Here’s a recommendation for a marvellous series which aired on Foxtel in 2016. Based on a novel by John Le Carre, which is absolutely riveting and will have you on the edge of your seat, the casting is quite exceptional. It is to be on SBS (and SBS on Demand) with the first date, Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 8.30 p.m., when a double episode will screen. Thereafter on succeeding Wednesdays at 9.30 p.m. with a single episode each evening. Eight episodes in all.
Here’s a book review for “Gut” which has been a best seller in every country in which it has been released. A “must read” for all who have an interest in or problems with their gut.
What follows is from the Sydney Morning Herald website.
It was at this point that she decided to experiment on herself: "I ceased to treat my skin like that of a person with a dermatological problem, and began to see it as the skin of a person with an intestinal condition." The success she had by changing her diet prompted her to begin medical studies and ultimately devote her postgraduate career in microbiology to the rapidly growing field of gut-brain research.
Books about the gut appear to be in the ascendant in this first-world age of plentiful food and sedentary lifestyles, all bearing the message that we can improve the relationship with our cranky digestive processes once we master a few tricks. Like farmers, we can foster the right microbial balance by introducing better breeds into the resident stock in our gut world; we can even, it seems, manage our moods and mend our minds.
There are parallels here with the recent proliferation of books on neuroplasticity: I was reminded of the banner on Norman Doidge's The Brain that Changes Itself, which reads "Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science".
Gut: The Inside Story of
Our Body's Most Under-
TRANS. DAVID SHAW
Giulia Enders begins her
intriguing, often funny
debut book about the gut
(our body's "most under-
rated organ") with a brief
case history from her own
life: born by caesarean
section and not able to be
breastfed, she developed
lactose intolerance then
grew out of it, got fat in
her teens then thin again, broke out in mysterious weeping skin lesions that responded to treatment then reappeared and, in the usual dispiriting way when things go wrong, saw a lot of doctors.
Enders, however, is not a consultant lured from an established practice to study new thinking in her speciality. She is a doctoral candidate at Goethe University, Frankfurt, a natural in her chosen field, with a questing mind capable of "sifting and sorting" accepted and unfolding scientific research into ever smaller pieces for a lay audience, rather like the digestive processes she describes. She is also 25, telegenic, irresistible in front of a live audience and fluent with a pen. Her book is selling its socks off - 1.3 million copies in her native Germany (under its German title Darm mit Charme - Charming Bowels), and now published in 30 new countries.
From the Sydney Morning Herald.