Robin Ince loves books. Maybe a little too much. He journeys across the world exploring his lifelong love of bookshops and books – and also tries to find out just why he can never have enough of them.


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The Online Bibliomaniac Book Club
Hosted by Robin Ince

During Robin’s tour of bookshops coinciding with Bibliomanaic being published, he started to hear from people that they had been reading my book for months, but had only got up to page 23, as every time they read about a book that they decided sounded fascinating, they would stop reading Bibliomaniac and go to that book instead, and then return when finished.

And so we’ve created an online book club to discuss those books Robin praises and discovers within the pages of Bibliomaniac. These meetings will be LIVE!

We will be joined by independent booksellers, librarians and YOU.

To start with, this club will be free for all to attend (but with limited spaces available first dibs will go to subscribers of the Cosmic Shambles or Book Shambles Patreon accounts)


  1. We will meet once each month during 2023.
  2. Approximately three weeks beforehand will will post three book choices for the following month on our Patreon pages for subscribers to vote on. You can subscribe to our Patreon here.
  3. Two weeks before each meeting we will post the meeting date and time here on this page, as well as which book we will be reading. To make sure you don’t miss the announcement, follow us on social media (links in the page footer) or sign up to our mailing list here.
  4. One hour before the meeting Patreon subscribers will be emailed a secret Zoom link to join the waiting room for the meeting.
  5. 15 minutes before the beginning of the meeting the Zoom link will be posted publicly on this page.
  6. People will be admitted until the capacity has been reached.
  7. Each meeting will begin with an intro from Robin, a discussion with the bookseller from the shop where Robin got the book, and then we’ll all chat about it.
  8. Meetings will last approximately one hour.
  9. Obviously the meetings will be moderated and anyone being intentionally disruptive will be removed from the Zoom session.

January 30th 7:30pm GMT

Book: Gratitude by Delphine de Vigan

Recording Available for Patreon supporters now.

February 24th 7:30pm GMT

Book: Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

Recording Available Soon

March 27th 7:30pm GMT

Book: At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell

Zoom link sent to Patreon subscribers one hour before meeting, posted here 15 minutes before for general public.

Bibliomaniac 2023 Tour Dates
(More being added all the time so check back regularly)

  • 1 Feb – Sedbergh – Westwood Books
  • 2 Feb – Chorley – Ebb and Flo Bookshop
  • 7 Feb – Warwick Bookshop
  • 8 Feb
    • Birmingham – The Electric
    • Birmingham – Bear Bookshop
  • 9 Feb – Swindon – Bert’s
  • 15 Feb – Tiverton- Liznojan Books
  • 16 Feb – Bristol – Bookhaus
  • 17-18 Feb – Bristol – Slapstick Festival
  • 21 Feb – Canterbury Christ Church University with campus bookshop
  • 23 Feb – Bookseller Crow – Crystal Palace
  • 27 Feb
    • Exeter Oxfam Bookshop
    • St Thomas Library
  • 28 Feb – Plymouth Humanists with Ivybridge Bookshop
  • 1 Mar – 
    • Liskeard – The Book Shop – Lunchtime
    • Mevagissey – Hurley Books – Evening
  • 3 Mar – Chesire – Simply Books (Morning)
  • 4 Mar – Hoylake – Doctor Who Convention
  • 5 Mar – Carlisle – Bookends Bookshop
  • 6 Mar – Stewarton – The Book Nook
  • 7 Mar – Glasgow – Mt Florida Books
  • 8 Mar – Edinburgh – Portobello Books
  • 9 Mar – Linlithgow – The Madding Crowd
  • 10 Mar – Edinburgh – Lighthouse Bookshop
  • 11 Mar – Alnwick – Forum Books
  • 14 Mar – Wendover – Real Magic Books
  • 18 Apr – Settle – Settle Community Library with Limestone Books
  • 19 Apri – Leeds – Philip Howard Books
  • 20 Apr – Cromford – Scarthin Books
  • 9 May – Swansea Volcano Theatre with Cover to Cover Books
  • 10 May – Monmouth – Rossiters Books
  • 11 May – Pontypridd – Storyville Books
  • 17 May – Hull Libraries
  • 18 May – Marsden Library 
  • 20 May – The Wood Festival
  • 29 May – Brighton Skeptics
  • 10 Jun – Ampthill Book Festival
  • 24 Jun – Felixstowe Book Festival

Tour presented by The Cosmic Shambles Network and Atlantic Books

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