Maud (Carey Mulligan) is leading an impoverished life in the East End of London in 1912. She works in an industrial laundry where noxious fumes and scalding water ensure daily accidents. Her boss harasses the young girls and the pay is a pittance. She’s married to fellow worker Sonny and they have a son George, named after the king.
When Maud is sent out to deliver a parcel in the West End she is shocked to witness suffragettes smashing the windows of department stores and even more so when she spots her colleague Violet among them.
Author and Palestinian activist Ghada Karmi had vowed never to go back to the Palestine her family were forced to flee in 1948 when she was just six years old. But go back she did, for the first time in 1991, and then in 2005 she took a job in the West Bank as media consultant attached to the Palestinian Authority (PA).
This is a collection of subversive short stories, the most notorious being The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher which the Daily Telegraph refused to publish despite paying a substantial sum for it.
Some Tories called author Hilary Mantel “sick and deranged” now a row has erupted at Radio 4’s plans to broadcast the short stories. Mantel combines sharply observed portraits of people and places with a humour that has you laughing and cringing at the same time.
Director Ken Loach
Release date: 1 June
I was briefly kettled by the French police as I attempted to get to the press showing of Ken Loach's new film The Angels' Share - unable to move as the police allowed a small and painfully slow trickle of the well-heeled and high-heeled to trip their way towards the famous red carpet.
An exhibition celebrating 50 years of Private Eye has just opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Te original artwork for over 120 of their funniest cartoons - by artists such as Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman, Wille Rushton, Barry Fantoni, and Michael Heath - is on show alongside a life-sized cutout of Tony Blair, a stuffed dog, a flying Robert Maxwell and a scattering of inflatable bananas once sold to fundraise for one of the many libel lawsuits issued against the Eye.
Since its first publication in 1961, the Eye has lambasted and lampooned a variety of public figures, most notably billionaire businessman James Goldsmith and the newspaper magnate and non-swimmer Robert Maxwell. Goldsmith issued more than 100 writs against the Eye in 1976 alone.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
After the death of their mother twins Jeanne and Simon learn the surprising contents of her will. Each is handed a sealed letter. Jeanne is asked to deliver her letter to the father the twins thought was dead and Simon is to do the same with the brother they never knew they had.
Roland Camberton, Five Leaves, £9.99
Looking for a good holiday read or Christmas presents? Look no further. Five Leaves have brought out two novels, first published in the 1950s, by Roland Camberton which are wonderfully readable, light-hearted portrayals of London more than 80 years ago.
Director: Nicole Holofcener; Release date: out now
Kate and husband Alex run a trendy secondhand store in Manhattan specialising in expensive retro 1960s furniture of the G Plan variety.
But Kate is becoming guilt-ridden by the way they acquire this furniture - house clearances of the recently dead. She sadly agrees with bereaved offspring that the furniture is not much more than junk and she will do them a favour by taking it off their hands.