By Haruki Murakami is published in hardback by Harvill Secker. Available now With his latest novel, leading Japanese writer Haruki Murakami takes the reader on another journey between the rational and the fantastical. Killing Commendatore explores the creation of art, focusing on a portrait painter who moves, after a split from his wife, into the remote house of a famous artist who is now in a nursing home, and the people he meets and paints while there. The title of the book comes from the name of a hidden painting found in the attic of the house. Its discovery starts a series of strange events: A bell ringing in a sealed pit, ideas coming to life, paintings that do not want to be finished, and an exploration of the shadows of the past and what it means to carry secrets that cannot be revealed. For fans of Murakami, this is another great read. 7/10 Review by Emily Beament Musical/Comedy/Drama/ Romance Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Andy Garcia, Cher, Dominic Cooper, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan.
Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) nervously prepares for the grand opening of Hotel Bella Donna, aided by suave manager Fernando Cienfuegos (Andy Garcia) and her architect father Sam (Pierce Brosnan).
Her husband Sky (Dominic Cooper) will miss the festivities because he is working in New York and her two remaining fathers, Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), are stuck in Tokyo and Stockholm respectively.
Thankfully, her mother's best friends Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters) are on hand to allay Sophie's nerves.
They encourage Sophie to look to the past for courage.
Cue flashbacks to the young Donna (Lily James) embarking on her lusty Mediterranean odyssey with the young Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Harry (Hugh Skinner) and Bill (Josh Dylan) via Paris.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again lays all of its Abba love on us with platform heels, tongueincheek humour and joyinfused musical performances choreographed to perfection by Anthony Van Laast.
Fragmented chronology hampers dramatic momentum but viewers who loved the first film won't care. They will be gleefully chanting I do, I do, I do, I do, I do to writerdirector Ol Parker's sequel.
The addition of Cher as Meryl Streep's impeccably coiffed mother is a masterstroke.
From the moment we hear the thrum of the charttopping diva's private helicopter, Parker's film cranks up the volume on our pleasure to 11 and blows the roof off the taverna with her rapturous interpretation of Fernando.
The final 1520 minutes, when the full cast is reunited on the island idyll, are on the money, money, money. Rating: **** Released