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.
On this week’s episode our guest is Kathryn Mannix, a palliative care doctor and author. Kathryn self proclaims that her Mastermind subject would be death, and in her new book Listen she uses her years of experience to deconstruct our difficulty with difficult conversations. This conversation, on the podcast, isn’t difficult but why is it so hard to talk about death, coming out or even answering honestly when someone asks ‘How are you?’. Please note that this episode does contain conversations around subjects some people may find upsetting. To support the podcast, and hear and extended version of this and every other conversation, subscribe to our Patreon at patreon.com/bookshambles.
Josie and Robin and the Books on Their Desks
This week our guest couldn't make the interview at the very last minute. Which was unfortunate because obviously we wanted to talk to them and also it meant we didn't have an episode for this week. So since Robin and Josie were already on the Zoom call, they just interviewed each other for half an hour. Hope you enjoy. Normal service will resume next week. Support the show at patreon.com/bookshambles
Eddie Glaude Jr
James Baldwin is one of the most recommended and discussed authors on this podcast so this week's guest is someone who literally wrote the book on Baldwin. Eddie Glaude is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and his latest book is Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. he talks to Robin about Baldwin, race in America and what society needs to do to move forward, face up to its past. To hear a super extended version of this interview complete with Baldwin clips and more you can subscribe to our Patreon at patreon.com/bookshambles and hear it on the Tips for Existence podcast.
Anil Seth has been researching consciousness for over twenty years and now he's released his first book on the subject, Being You. He joins Robin and Josie to talk about the book and what we do and don't know about consciousness. Are trees consciousness? What is panpsychism? Are there levels of consciousness? Why do some people see the letter B as purple? And now that he's finished writing a book what fiction can he escape into?
Extended edition for Patreon supporters of course. Subscribe and support at patreon.com/bookshambles
Dan Davis - Book Shambles Live at Latitude
As part of The Cosmic Shambles Network's takeover of The Speakeasy at this year's Latitude Festival, Dr Helen Czerski was joined by Professor Dan Davis for a live Book Shambles / Science Shambles crossover show. They chat about Dan's new book The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live, glowing jellyfish, doing science without a hypothesis, how immune cells are changing how they behave and a whole lot more. To support the podcast, and the CSN at large, subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/bookshambles
Isy Suttie Returns
Isy Suttie was one of our first guests on the podcast many years ago now and as her first ever novel, Jane is Trying, hits shelves this month she returns to talk about with Robin and Josie. They chat about the experience of not writing a novel to sound like a novel, not letting Isy's mum read it, being concerned that coffee granules could be cancerous moles and a whole lot more! Extended edition for Patreon supporters as always. Sign up at patreon.com/bookshambles
Really great show.
Listening to this podcast is like watching a Richard Linklater film. The conversations are rambly and strange and always interesting, even when they veer away from books. No one’s trying to show off, no one’s trying to create a persona or a brand, there are no hot takes, Robin and Josie are just genuinely curious and thoughtful people. This is such a lovely mental health break. Also, the Patreon extended version is worth it if you like the shorter version.
I can't get enough of these two. The chemistry they have with all of their guests is amazing. It just feels like friends sitting around chatting. Bonus: My reading list has quadrupled!
An always engaging charmer.
Robin and Josie are stand up comedians and insatiably curious readers. Every week they introduce you to wonderful new authors and reacquaint you with old forgotten favorites. Always engaging.