Richard Firth-Godbehere

Book Shambles

On this week’s show we have someone who was one of the composers, and performers, of the Cosmic Shambles and Book Shambles theme music. Oh, and he’s also one of the world’s leading experts on disgust and emotions and a Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary University. And now Dr Richard Firth-Godbehere’s first book has just been published, A Human History of Emotion. Richard chats to Robin and Helen Czerski about the book, the emotions of war, witch trials, the history of emoticons, why everything ends up back at Plato and a whole lot more.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

A Human History of Emotion by Richard Firth-Godbehere

Republic by Plato

Timaeus by Plato

Leviathan: Or the Matter, Forme and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiasticall and Civil by Thomas Hobbes

The work of Douglas Adams

The Book of Comparisons by Clive Gifford

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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