Mark Kermode

Book Shambles

A Book Shambles / Film Shambles episode as author and film critic Mark Kermode joins Robin and Josie to talk his own books on films and musical misadventures, including his latest How Does It Feel, 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.

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Reading List

Mark recommends:

The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex by Mark Kermode

The writing of Phillip French

Silent Running (BFI Classics) by Mark Kermode

Hatchet Job by Mark Kermode

Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss

The writing of Vincent Canby

The Brood by Richards Starks

The Sentinel by Arthur C Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke

Robin recommends:

It’s Only a Movie by Mark Kermode

Death Line (Midnight Movie Monographs) by Sean Hogan

Broadsword by Geoff Dyer

Zona by Geoff Dyer

Martin by Jez Winship

How Does it Feel? by Mark Kermode

Hawk the Slayer by Terry Marcel and Harry Robertson

I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince

Josie recommends:

The Wall by John Lanchester

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Films discussed (Though not all recommended):

Slade in Flame

Dougal and the Blue Cat

The Ninth Configuration

Get Carter


Pink Flamingos

Silent Running

The Exorcist

The Taking of Pelham 123

The Devils

Blazing Saddles


Dead of Night

Death Line

Krakatoa, East of Java

End of the Affair

Herbie Goes Bananas

Carry on Camping

Ordinary Love

Good Vibrations

Peeping Tom

Keith Lemon: The Film

Sex Lives of the Potato Men

The Dream of the Mad Monkey

A.I. Artificial Intelligence


The Lady Vanishes

Happiest Days of Our Lives

Catch Us If You Can


Children of Men

Vox Lux

A Star is Born

Duck Soup

A Shot in the Dark

Manchester by the Sea



Starship Troopers

The Fly


The Man Who Fell to Earth

Star Wars

Hot Fuzz

Shaun of the Dead

Wicker Man


Horror Films by Alan Frank

Frankenstein Created Woman

The Tomb of the Cybermen

The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Mary Poppins


Hawk the Slayer

Invasion of the Body Snatchers


The Brood


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