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Workplace sexual politics are interrogated in this explosive new BBC One drama

A sportswear company in north-west England seems a long way from a Hollywood film studio. But as we know, workplace sexual misconduct can happen anywhere – and the politics surrounding that misconduct are the subject of BBC One's new drama Rules Of The Game. Inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the four-part series stars Maxine Peake as Sam, the boss of JD Sports-esque family business Fly Dynamic. When new HR director Maya (Sex Education's Rakhee Thakrar) joins, intent on dismantling the company's "old-fashioned lad culture", Sam bristles. And then she discovers a dead body in the office reception.

"By the end of Rules Of The Game's first episode, we still don't know who the corpse is – or who's responsible for their death. But one thing is clear: this series is all about optics," says Stylist's digital entertainment writer Morgan Cormack. "Fly Dynamic's top team, including calculating board member Anita (Gavin And Stacey's Alison Steadman), know it looks good to include Maya in important meetings. But they also want to maintain the company's image as a successful workplace with a sociable, boozy staff culture. As police detective Eve Preston (Susie Wokoma) begins circling Fly Dynamic, Maya uncovers a slow-burning story of deceit, trauma, abuse and power. I can't wait to see how it unfolds." Starts tonight, 9pm, BBC One


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A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara is back with a must-read new novel

Whether you sobbed your way through the 2015 international bestseller A Little Life or haven't read anything by Hanya Yanagihara before, you'll want to dive into the author's much-anticipated new novel To Paradise (Picador). Out today, it tells the stories of three characters living in the same house in Manhattan across three centuries, starting with a wealthy banking heir in 1893. One hundred years later, we follow a young man's relationship with his older lover towards the end of the Aids epidemic, while the final narrative joins 20-something lab technician Charlie in the totalitarian, plague-ravaged world of 2093.

Stylist Loves editor Gemma Crisp was a huge fan of the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted A Little Life, but is relieved that To Paradise avoids the "take-your-breath-away brutality" of Yanagihara's heartbreaking previous novel. There are similarities between the two books, though. "Once again, there's a strong focus on LGBTQ+ relationships, and Yanagihara excels at creating characters you really care about," says Gemma. "Timely and thought-provoking, it will stay with you – but thankfully not for the same reasons as A Little Life."

Stylist Loves writer Kiran Meeda, meanwhile, had never read anything by Yanagihara before To Paradise. "I didn't know what to expect," she says. "But it's an addictive, empathetic depiction of how humans have responded in the same ways to love, lust, tragedy and hardship throughout history. I loved it." £20, Bookshop.org


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