Richard Coles

Book Shambles

On this week’s episode Robin is joined by the Reverend Richard Coles to talk about his literary inspirations and loves growing up as a nerdy kid in Kettering, finding God, a love of diaries and how the process of writing about grief after the loss of his partner David, which would become the book The Madness of Grief.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

The Madness of Grief by Reverend Richard Coles

The work of Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

The work of Leon Uris

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White

The Orton Diaries by Joe Orton

The work of Quentin Crisp

I, of All People by James Kirkup

This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

Women For Peace: Banners From Greenham Common by Charlotte Dew

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

The Kenneth Williams Diaries by Kenneth Williams

My Sister And Myself: The Diaries Of J. R. Ackerley by J.R. Ackerley

Diaries, 1942-1954 by James Lees-Milne

The Denton Welch Journals by Denton Welch and Jocelyn Brooke

Modern Nature by Derek Jarman

Kilvert’s Diary by Francis Kilvert

Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn

The Complete Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

The work of Philip Larkin 

Sir John Betjeman’s Banana Blush

The Wishing-Chair by Enid Blyton

The Dick and Dora books

The Ant and Bee books

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