It's time to broaden your horizons – why not try a new book, TV show or album?
A surprising but well deserved inclusion on the 2014 Man Booker Prize short list was Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – a profound, compelling and witty view of what makes a family.
For fans of Gone Girl, pick up author Gillian Flynn's earlier work – Dark Places – which is being adapted for film this year.
For an unparalleled insight into the personal impact of war, Chris Kyle's American Sniper is an unforgettable read, lifting the lid on his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war.
If you're ready to lose yourself in a historical fantasy, Outlander (SoHo) is a sure bet. The show stars Caitriona Balfe as a World War II combat nurse who travels back in time to the 1743 Scottish civil war.
For lovers of English history, the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (BBC First) premiered in April. Set in the court of Henry VIII, it focuses on the intrigues and relationships of political adviser Thomas Cromwell.
And if you're in the mood for a laugh, check out the fourth season of Veep (Showcase), the hilarious political satire starring Seinfeld alumnus Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the scheming Vice President of the United States.
The most listened-to podcast in history, Serial is a multi-episode investigation of a true crime – the alleged murder of teenager Hae Min Lee in 1999 by classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. Host Sarah Koenig recreates the crime and talks to witnesses, including Adnan himself.
Full of dramatic twists and turns, theories and conspiracies, the podcast will keep you guessing to the very end. Visit serialpodcast.org to have a listen.
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