Category: Book Shambles

It began with Robin Ince's Show and Tell, then it became Josie and Robin's Utter Shambles, and now it is Book Shambles with Robin and Josie.  But rest assured, everything is as shambolic as it ever was.  Books will be our springboard into our ludicrous and always passionate conversations into literature, science, philosophy, comedy, politics and, well, everything and anything.  New episodes released every Thursday.


Book Shambles is free to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, RSS and the like but, like everything, there is a cost associated with producing the show and so if you’re enjoying the podcast and would like us to keep making more, we’d greatly appreciate your support via one of the options below. Robin and Josie will even personally thank you on the show.  And each week we'll be giving away a box of books to one lucky Patreon supporter.

The best way to support us is to make a pledge via Patreon below.  There are, and will be more, exclusive episodes for our Patreon supporters and each week one of our Patreon supporters will be randomly chosen to win a big box of books from the overflowing shelves of the Book Shambles team!

Or you can choose to make a one time donation to the show, of any amount, via PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account yourself to donate.

Kate Williams – Book Shambles

The Costa Book of the Year is announced this week, so we’re joined by the chair of the judging panel, writer and historian Kate Williams. She chats with Robin and Josie about judging the prize, great sci-fi books, history’s great diaries and the perils of historical accuracy in fiction.

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Johann Hari – Book Shambles EXTRA

Josie and Robin are joined by writer Johann Hari to talk about all manner of things. From his new book, ‘Chasing the Scream’ and rebuilding trust with readers, to the work of Rebecca Solnit, Simon Ings, Peter Ackroyd and more. This is a bonus episode, free to all with no charge to our Patreons.

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Philip Ridley – Book Shambles

Storyteller Philip Ridley joins Josie and Robin this week to talk about his own art, plays, books and more as well as his early comic book influences, reading to escape and the problems with genre. Also Robin and Josie still haven’t read Ulysses.

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Alice Roberts – Book Shambles

Scientist, Author and Broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts sits down with Robin and Josie this week to talk about the challenges of turning science TV shows into popular science books and why she should read more fiction. There’s also chat about Stevie Smith poems leading to hypothermia, great new pop biology books and some Carl Sagan controversy.

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Alice Lowe – Book Shambles

Writer and performer Alice Lowe (and her delightful baby) join Robin and Josie this week to talk about writing dark fiction and horror whilst pregnant, including her film Prevenge. There’s also chat around the work of Patti Smith, Angela Carter, Tom Robbins and, of course, Kurt Vonnegut.

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Christmas Shambles 2016

A Christmas Special of Book Shambles! Robin and Josie chat about their favourite books of the year and then we caught up with twenty of the guests backstage at Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium show about their favourite books of the year including Simon Le Bon, Chris Hadfield, Brian Cox, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ben Goldacre, Helen Czerski and many more!

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Ralf Little – Book Shambles

We kick off part 2 of season 4 with Robin and Josie joined by writer and actor Ralf Little. Ralf controversially brings up his love of video games before taking aim at Tolkien all via discussions of the great work of Caroline Aherne, Terry Pratchett, Paul Merton and others.

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Janne Teller – Book Shambles

It’s a Book Shambles EXTRA mini episode this week. Josie is on tour in the US, but we couldn’t miss the chance to catch up with great Danish writer Janne Teller who happened to be in Cambridge at the same time as Robin. They chat about her new book War as well as the existential classic Nothing, plus the work of Vonnegut (obviously), Thomas Hardy and more.

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