Will Smith

Season 6, Episode 22

After joining Robin and Josie for a Film Shambles special, Will Smith (The Thick of It, Veep) is back for a Book Shambles. They chat about his own books and books about the Channel Islands and a whole lot more besides. This episode may have the longest reading list yet. From Zola to Le Carré via Jean Rhys and Terry Jones.

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Reading List

Will recommends:

Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo

The work of Jonathon Franzen

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

The work of Tom Sharpe

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Asterix books by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

The Tin Tin books by Hergé

The Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond

The work of Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Fighting Fantasy book series by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot

Adventures of a Suburban Boy by John Boorman

The work of Charlotte Bronte

The work of Leo Tolstoy

The work of Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The work of Honoré de Balzac

The work of Ivan Turgenev

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

The George Smiley series by John Le Carré

The work of Jack Higgins

The work of Frederick Forsyth

The work of Thomas Hardy

Villette by Charlotte Bronté

The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler

The work of Philip Roth

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Germinal by Émile Zola

The Les Rougon-Macquart cycle by Émile Zola

Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Robin recommends:

How to Be Cool by Will Smith

Mainlander by Will Smith

The Joy of No Sex by Will Smith

Dead Funny Encore edited by Robin Ince and Johnny Mains

The Adrian Moles Diaries by Sue Townsend

The work of Douglas Adams

Reflecting Skin by Philip Ridley

Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley

The work of Willard Price

My Word is My Bond by Roger Moore

The Making of Live and Let Die by Roger Moore

Fairy Tales by Terry Jones

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha by Michael Foreman

Attacks of Opinion by Terry Jones

Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest by John Boorman

The work of Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys

L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Josie recommends:

The Neapolitan Novels by Elana Ferrante

War Boy by Michael Foreman

The Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones

The short stories of Raymond Carver

The work of Charles Dickens

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Smile Please by Jean Rhys

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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