The latest releases in music, books and films prove that leading double lives can often be rewarding.
by Elke O’Donnell
Róisín Murphy’s album, Take Her Up to Monto, stretches her musical blueprint and shifts from her whimsical lyrics and vocals to a twisted-hypnotic beauty that sinks ships. The songs are loaded with quirky hooks and strong beats, and serve as the perfect bridge between musical ethos and sublime conventional disco.
The Secret Life of Pets follows animals and their hilarious antics after their humans leave the house. The head hound — a quick-witted terrier’s — universe is threatened when his owner adopts a mongrel. An adventure lands them on the streets of New York, forcing them to thwart the plot of abandoned animals determined to get back at humanity and their pets — and all before dinnertime.
In The Legend of Tarzan, years have passed since Tarzan left Africa for a gentrified life as Lord Greystoke. When he’s invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary, he becomes the pawn of greed and revenge. But those behind the plot have no idea they’ve unleashed Tarzan.
In Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of Modern English Football, Winterbottom’s son-in-law, Graham Morse, gives a unique insight into the life of England’s first team manager. Walter Winterbottom was an innovator of modern coaching, a sports administrator and a man ahead of his time. His profound effect on English football laid the foundations for England’s success in 1966 — and for the football we watch today.
Born in 1913, Winterbottom started out as a teacher and physical education instructor before he was signed by Manchester United. He remains the only manager who took the national side to more than two World Cup finals. He was made an OBE in 1963, a CBE in 1972 and knighted in 1978. Morse’s writing brings the early days of football alive and highlights, for a wider public, Winterbottom’s contribution as the FA director of coaching.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Swindon in 1940, Morse grew up in Berkshire and worked in sales, but his love for football led him to writing. In 1963, Morse married Janet, daughter of Sir Walter Winterbottom, and they had four children. They caught the sailing bug and sailed across the Pacific, which inspired the book The Islands Time Forgot about their experience. Morse has lived in England, America and Switzerland, but is now settled in the Cayman Islands. Find his book at Books & Books at Camana Bay.