... and four other things you should know about, including the film to make you question your manhood, the album to make you question it further, and the tennis tournament to make it all OK againMore
Having taken on the Neopolitan mob in his 2006 worldwide bestseller Gomorrah, a journalistic enterprise that has earned him permanent police protection ever since, Italian writer Roberto Saviano is taking on no less a target in his next book: the global cocaine trade. Zero Zero Zero is the grade of the finest flour, but also the finest cocaine on the market, as it is nicknamed by those in this very murky business. Saviano follows cocaine from its origins in Latin America to the drug cartels that distribute it – and murder each other in grisly ways to do so – and the cash that comes with it, even considering the role drug money plays in the world of international finance, particularly in London and New York. Yikes.
Out on Thursday 2 July (Allen Lane)
Strawberries, cream, sunburn, jingoism, hope, despair… It can only be The All England Lawn Tennis Club Championships at Wimbledon, which kick off today with coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 Live. You probably know about the runners and riders so you can pore over those elsewhere, but the excitement for us in the news that Seven-time finalist (sob!) Andy Roddick is joining the BBC’s commentary team – an announcement that was heralded by an emoji-filled Tweet from Roger Federer. At Esquire we consider it a civic duty to down tools in the mid-afternoon as the tournament hots up, and if you really love your country you’ll do the same (even if Murray’s long gone).
Coverage starts from 11:30 today on BBC Two