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Using books as a jumping off point, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince and a different special guest each week, dive into interesting, passionate and shambolic discussions. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.

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Using books as a jumping off point, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince and a different special guest each week, dive into interesting, passionate and shambolic discussions. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.

    Sophie Ratcliffe and Joanna Neary - Live

    Sophie Ratcliffe and Joanna Neary - Live

    Recorded live at the Bristol Old Vic as part of the Slapstick Festival, Robin chats with Prof Sophie Ratcliffe and Joanna Neary about the work, and slapstick credentials, of PG Wodehouse. They chat about his letters (collected and edited in a volume by Sophie), turns of phrase and favourite Jeeves and Wooster moments. There's also chat of Joanna's character Celia, Sophie's new book about about life, death, love and trains, Mills and Boons and much more. Support the podcast at patreon.com/bookshambles to get extended editions of each and every episode. Around 15 bonus minutes await pledgers this week where you can find out why Raymond Chandler cost Robin a pub quiz victory...

    • 49 min
    Stephen Merchant and Tim Brooke-Taylor - Slapstick Shambles

    Stephen Merchant and Tim Brooke-Taylor - Slapstick Shambles

    At this year's Slapstick Festival in Bristol, the Cosmic Shambles Network team were there across the festival recording all sorts of events we were taking part in for a special series of podcasts. In this first episode Robin chats with Stephen Merchant about the enduring legacy of Laurel and Hardy, their favourite Laurel and Hardy films and some fun stories from a Laurel and Hardy book Stephen got second hand. In the second segment, as part of a celebration of At Last the 1948 Show, Robin chats with Tim Brooke-Taylor about the show, working with Cleese and Chapman and especially Marty Feldman as Robin regales stories from Marty's recently found autobiography. Support the Cosmic Shambles Network on Patreon and get extended editions of each episode, including this one. Go to patreon.com/bookshambles

    • 59 min
    Shambles Extra - Chris McGlade

    Shambles Extra - Chris McGlade

    In a Shambles Extra, Robin chats to comedian, poet and activist Chris McGlade. Robin became interested in Chris' work after reading about it online, specifically his new show Forgiveness in which he talks about his father's murder and so Robin and he caught up. Support the show at patreon.com/bookshambles

    • 31 min
    Mark Kermode

    Mark Kermode

    A Book Shambles / Film Shambles episode as author and film critic Mark Kermode joins Robin and Josie to talk his own books on films, great books about films and some of the best, and worst, film tie in novelisations. And Robin and Mark realise they are both huge fans of the same three obscure films. Patreon supporters get a very special bumper episode this week with almost an entire bonus half hour of film chat as Mark reveals regrettable reviews, Josie has it in for Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and lots more. You can become a Patreon supporter by going to patreon.com/bookshambles

    • 50 min
    Laura Kidd and Charles Fernyhough - Live

    Laura Kidd and Charles Fernyhough - Live

    Recorded live in Thirsk at the Podcast Social Festival, Robin is joined by Laura Kidd (who you might better know as She Makes War) and psychologist and author Charles Fernyhough. Using the book edited and by Charles, Others: Writers on the Power of Words To See Beyond Ourselves as a launching pad they chat about the nature of storytelling, the power of books and the importance of seeing the world through the eyes of 'others'. Support the podcast at patreon.com/bookshambles to get extended editions of each and every episode.

    • 53 min
    Les Dennis - Live

    Les Dennis - Live

    Recorded live at the British Library as part of the Chortle Comedy Book Festival Robin chat to actor, comedian and broadcasting icon Les Dennis. They talk about his autobiography, Must the Show Go On and share tales of Little and Large, Tommy Cooper and their like as well as discuss favourite showbiz memoirs before Les and Josie swap stories from when they were both of Celebrity Masterchef. Support the show by pledging at patreon.com/bookshambles. This week Patreon supporters get a bonus 15 minutes of conversation not on the public feed.

    • 51 min

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