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Book Shambles with Robin and Josie

A Comedy, Arts and Literature podcast
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Using books as a jumping off point, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince and a different special guest each week, dive into interesting, passionate and shambolic discussions. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.


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Colin Stuart
Robin, and returning guest co-host Natalie Haynes, are joined by astronomer and astronomy writer Colin Stuart to talk about his new book Rebel Star. They chat about what we know about the sun, and how we know it, the dangers of space weather and why Natalie has issues with both Ray Bradbury and Christopher Nolan... Support the show at to hear extended episodes.
Stewart Lee Returns Again
Our first ever guest on Book Shambles was Stewart Lee, and with his new book, March of the Lemmings, just released he's back in the studio this week with Robin to chat about it. Given the new book is about Brexit, there's a lot of chat about Brexit, finding the comedy in, but also talk of Steve Jones, William Blake, Marvel comics and what Robin and Stew need to do to make sure they remain members of the metropolitan liberal elite... To hear the extended edition of this, and all, episodes, support the podcast at Pic by Steve Ullathorne
Charlotte Higgins
This week it's all about the classics as Robin is joined by two classicists, Natalie Haynes and Charlotte Higgins. They chat about the best translations of The Odyssey, how much filth the monks permitted, why the classics are frowned upon as 'too high brow' and good entry points for getting into these great Greek tales. Also, spoiler alert, this episode contains spoilers for a number of works written about 3000 years ago. Support the podcast at to get extended editions of each and every episode. Please note: Although discussed in the context of work written in the 8th century BC, this episode does contain mentions of sexual violence and suicide.
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Nov 11th, 2015
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Oct 10th, 2019
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