IMPACT’s top summer holiday recommendations
14.12.2023

 As the holiday season arrives, we’ve put together a short list of our top picks for all your listening, reading, and watching needs this summer. From comedy, to history, to romance and even the supernatural, IMPACT has got something for everyone.  

Podcasts:

1. Making an IMPACT  

You know we couldn’t miss plugging our own podcast! Hosted by IMPACT CEO, Nicole Webb, join us as we explore the emerging and evolving world of the communications and marketing industries. 

 2. Off Menu Podcast 

Hosted by comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster. Off Menu is a food and comedy podcast, in which Ed and James invite special guests into their magical restaurant to select their dream menu.  

 3. But Are You Happy?  

Join Mamamia’s executive editor, Clare Stephens, as she interviews high-profile Australians about jealousy, doubt, regret and failure to get a closer look in to the people who appear to have it all, and ask, if it made them happy? 

 4. Articles of Interest  

Created by Avery Trufelman, Articles of Interest covers a broad range of concepts, including the rise of casual wear, the environmental impact of the fashion industry and why womenswear doesn’t have pockets. 

 5. 99% Invisible 

Hosted by Roman Mars, 99% Invisible delves into all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about – the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.  

6. Ghost Story 

Hosted by Tristan Redman, a seasoned journalist with a sceptical eye towards the supernatural. Drawn by a series of inexplicable events in his childhood bedroom, Redman embarks on a personal quest to investigate the ghost stories he once dismissed as mere folklore.

Books:

1. Romantic Comedy  

Romantic Comedy is an insightful and touching novel by New York Times best-selling author, Curtis Sittenfeld, about a comedy writer who has sworn off love until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions. 

 2. Cleopatra and Frankenstein  

Cleopatra and Frankenstein is an addictive, humorous, and poignant debut novel from Coco Mellors about the shock waves caused by one couple’s impulsive marriage. 

 3. The Nightingale 

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters in France during World War II and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. This historical fiction novel by Kristin Hannah is also currently in pre-production for a feature film.  

 4. Taste: My Life Through Food 

A deliciously written memoir, by award-winning actor, Stanley Tucci, full of wit and charm that will delight any lovers of food, travel and film.  

 5. Second Place  

A brilliantly funny novel about friends, lovers, Ireland in chaos, and a young woman desperately trying to manage all three, written by British novelist, Rachel Cusk.  

 6. Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory 

From the creator of the universally acclaimed television series, BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg delivers a witty collection of short stories about love – the best and worst thing in the universe.  

 7. The Rachel Incident 

From novelist Caroline O’Donoghue, The Rachel Incident, is a brilliantly funny novel about friends, lovers, Ireland in Chaos and a young woman navigating all three.  

 8. Circe  

Set during the Greek Heroic Age, Circe is an adaptation of various Greek myths, most notably the Odyssey as told from the perspective of the witch Circe. 

 9. Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone  

Fast-paced and wickedly clever, this murder mystery delivers the classic tropes of Agatha Christie with distinctly modern and very Australian twists.   

Looking for more inspiration? The New York Times Best Sellers list is another great option for all your literary needs! 

Films: 

1. A Boy Called Christmas (available on Netflix)  

Based on the book of the same name, this is a different kind of Christmas origin story. Set in Finnish Lapland, the fantasy film takes inspiration from Scandinavian folklore. 

 2. Get Gotti (available on Netflix) 

Told from both sides of the law, this docuseries follows the FBI’s battle to bring down the infamous mob boss John Gotti. 

 3. Aftersun (available on Binge)  

A coming-of-age drama that reflects on the relationship between 11 year old Sophie and her young father Callum.

 4. Love At First Night (available on Netflix)  

A comedy film directed by Vanessa Caswill, captures the whirlwind romance between two strangers on a flight from New York to London. 

 5. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (available on Amazon Prime Video) 

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is the seventh part of this action-filled series that delivers an explosive and gripping cinematic experience.  

 6. Past Lives 

Past Lives follows the lives of Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, who are reunited after decades spent apart.  

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