Christmas Special 2016


A Christmas Special of Book Shambles! Robin and Josie chat about their favourite books of the year and then we caught up with twenty of the guests backstage at Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium show about their favourite books of the year including Simon Le Bon, Chris Hadfield, Brian Cox, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ben Goldacre, Helen Czerski and many more! All Patreon proceeds from this episode will be donated to St Mungo’s Help For Homeless People charity.



(Feature image courtesy Brian Cox)


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Reading List

Josie recommends:

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Jerusalem by Alan Moore 

Robin recommends:

Extreme Metaphors by J.G. Ballard

Nothing by Janne Teller

War by Janne Teller

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer

The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick by Kyle Arnold

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin

Autobiographical Notes by James Baldwin

Season Of The Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll by Peter Bebergal

The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World by Laurence Scott

Simon Le Bon recommends:

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

More life with your kids… by AA Gill

Lucy Cooke recommends:

Pseudodoxia Epidemica by Thomas Browne

Ben Goldacre recommends:

Gong Dreaming by Daeved Allen

James Acaster recommends:

Animal by Sara Pascoe

Parsnips, Buttered: Bamboozle and boycott modern life, one email at a time by Joe Lycett

Distraction Pieces by Scroobius Pip

Chris Lintott recommends:

Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo by Nicholas De Monchaux

Helen Czerski recommends:

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

Sophie Ellis-Bextor recommends:

The Butcher’s Hook bu Janet Ellis

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink

David McAlmont recommends:

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Ta-Nehisi Coates

My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Adam Rutherford recommends:

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan Sort & Eric Henderson

Chris Hadfield recommends:

Night School by Lee Child

J.Willgoose recommends:

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Greg Foot recommends:

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Helen Arney recommends:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever by Marie Kondo

Matt Parker recommends:

The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon

Andrew Steele recommends:

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air by David MacKay

Paul Abel recommends:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Paul Abel

Steve Thompson recommends:

Storm in A Teacup by Helen Czerski

A Tesla Coil tweet by Aleks Krotoski

Steve Pretty recommends:

PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason

Brian Cox recommends:

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll

Alice Lowe recommends:

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson

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