The rest just follows
by Glenn Patterson, Faber, £12.99
If you grew up in south Belfast in the 1970s this novel may read like a long-forgotten diary. Northern Ireland novelist Patterson co-wrote the script for the brilliant Good Vibrations film. He has a knack for spotting the details of past eras without allowing them to become contrived.
He captures the slang, clothes and bars of Belfast of the time as he tells the stories of the lives and loves of a group of young people growing up and reaching adulthood. They find that even when they leave the small world they grew up in it never quite leaves them.
Season 2 starts 24 April, Channel 4 and online on 4oD
This dark political drama stars Kelsey Grammer as embattled Chicago mayor Tom Kane. The second and final season sees Kane struggling with illness and attempting to secure his legacy.
London Labour Film Festival
28 April—2 May, Odeon Cinema Covent Garden, London WC2H 8AH
The fourth annual London Labour Film Festival features several premieres. Polish film Women’s Day is based on the true story of a woman taking on a big supermarket chain.
Also showing for the first time are anti-cuts musical Big Society and sanitation spectacular Trash Dance. It also includes classic films and a presentation on the coming 30th anniversary Miners’ Strike film (Still) The Enemy Within.