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7 Aug 2013 | 11:20 am
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ON THE COUCH
Three reasons to stay in

THE BOOK
VILLAGE FORTUNES
REBECCA SHAW
There’s never a dull moment in Turnham Malpas, where Johnny and Alice Templeton live. Nothing can blight their happiness until Johnny’s deceitful brother turns up. Meanwhile, ex-con Ford Barclay is having a tough time fitting in with village life, while young Fran Charter-Plackett is trying to keep a messy secret from her parents.

THE BOX SET
THE WHITE QUEEN
Beginning in 1464 when the nation had been at war for nine years over who was the rightful King of England, The White Queen tells the tale of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of England, and her battle to outwit her enemies. If you enjoyed The Tudors (and all its raunchiness), we guarantee this box set will keep you occupied all summer. Available from August 19.

THE CD
TRAVIS
WHERE YOU STAND
After a five-year hiatus, Glaswegian rockers Travis are back with Where You Stand. “You stay away as long as it takes, so you feel that hunger and desire to get back to it, same as you did at the start,” says bassist Dougie Payne of the band’s time away. Tracks include Warning Sign, Another Guy and The Big Screen. Released on August 19.

LET'S GET REEL

AT THE CINEMA
ARTHUR NEWMAN
HITS THE CINEMAS ON AUG 1
Has-been golf pro Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) hits rock bottom and decides to fake his own death. Arthur Newman is born. Keen to leave his past behind, Arthur moves in with a pretty young woman, but discovers he’s not the only one with secrets.

IN THE PLAYER
OBLIVION
GET IT ON DVD FROM AUG 4
Tech 49 Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a drone repairman stationed on Earth, following the near collapse of the planet. Assigned to extract the Earth’s resources, he begins to lose faith in his mission when he meets a woman from his past.

WEB WISE
www.cherrypickdubai.com
What is it? A Dubai-based site showcasing the best spots to shop, club, dine, relax and more.
Who is it for? As well as being great for newbies who still haven’t found their way around town, this site also offers veteran expats a chance to stay on top of the social scene with the exclusive membership programme. Enjoy access to private Cherry Pick events and privileges at a variety of hot venues.

APP-LY YOURSELF
HAIRSTYLE MAKEOVER
Maximise the styling capabilities of your smartphone with Hairstyle Makeover. This clever app allows you to try more than 1,000 hairstyles without setting foot inside a salon. Simply use any photo from your library and then drag, adjust and even cut different hairstyles to suit your face. Hairstyle Makeover is free to download.

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