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Under a big blue sky, with greenery and birdsong all around, Paul and Rob have a lovely mooch round the Lee Valley marshes. Featuring UK run chat, what this crazy year has done to our running, parkrun and half marathon memories and predictions, Paul's progeny seeing the world and Rob's relaxing at home, dogs, birds, planks, finish lines, fastest la…
 
Robin and Josie are joined by author Douglas Stuart, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel Shuggie Bain ahead of it's release in paperback. They chat about the book's decade long gestation, growing up in Glasgow under Thatcher and the importance of getting more working class stories into popular fiction. As always, an extended version…
 
A bright and chilly North London join-the-dots through Finsbury Park, Highbury, Clissold Park and Woodberry Down. Featuring stories of Daughters, Easter Sunday, formal and informal public toilets, films, birds, dogs, and the sleeping habits of the elderly. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’ - or more - through the Acast S…
 
On today's episode Josie and Robin are joined by the actor, comedian and writer Katy Wix to talk about her new book, Delicacy: A Memoir about Cake and Death. They chat about the book, stories of the Fringe, jugglers who can't juggle and then, eventually, Josie just can't keep her love of Stath Lets Flats in any longer... To hear a super bumper edit…
 
Paul and Rob head out for their second run in as many days, and enjoy it much more than they expected. Featuring freebies, big breakfasts, 2021 plans, Victorians living among us, the Wooden Enemy, ‘special extras’, spies, recipe ideas, and when children start outperforming their parents. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’…
 
Two science authors on the show today, both with new books that look at different ways of what makes us human. First up it's Shambles regular, Ginny Smith chatting to Robin and Josie about her new book Overloaded: How Every Aspect of Your Life is Influenced by Your Brain Chemicals, which is out today! And then they chat with Melanie Challenger abou…
 
A lovely long double loop of Hampstead Heath sees Paul and Rob in ruminative mood, talking hope and vaccines, stand-up comedy and the future, ornithology and horticulture, Rob's finish line theory, Paul's chicken cacciatore, running fast and fasting, and what to write next. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’ - or more - t…
 
This week's Book Shambles is a cross over event. Physicist, and one of the world's biggest selling science authors, Carlo Rovelli has a new book out today, Helgoland. He joined Robin for a conversation for our Patreon exclusive series Tips for Existence but we're making some of that conversation around the book available for free here on Book Shamb…
 
A bright blast up the Walk and through the Woods as Spring springs. Featuring supporter report, Rob on the yoga mat, Paul on the Covid ward, knitted legends, abstemiousness, injury and ageing - naturally, Running in the Midpack and trusting the process, and a little risky rugby. Seriously, thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffe…
 
It's a double header this week! First up Robin and Josie chat with journalist Ben Machell about his book, The Unusual Suspect: The Rise and Fall of a Modern-Day Outlaw and then in the second part Robin chats to Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Shadow King, Maaza Mengiste. If you'd like to hear the full versions of both of these interviews, yo…
 
On an absolute jewel of a day, Rob and Paul set off up the hill to Alexandra Palace to look out across London - and into the future. Featuring children moving on, the obligatory booze and yoga report, Paul's job, Rob's treespotting, extreme gardening, Harry, Meghan, Oprah and Piers, and an optimistic appraisal of upcoming running events. Thank you …
 
Journalist Nell Frizzell's new book is The Panic Years: Dates, Doubts, and the Mother of All Decisions and it spoke so strongly to Josie that she provided one of the cover quotes so it only makes sense she join her and Robin on the podcast. They chat about the book, motherhood, some of Nell's favourite books about parenting, vegetable growing and m…
 
A chilly, misty circuit of the Heath - but signs of Spring abound. Featuring Rob's slightly speedy week, Paul's new job, why trainers are like fresh fruit and vegetables, a pair of exploding boots, an angel sighting in North London, and tough times for chateau owners. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’ - or more - through…
 
On today's episode, Josie couldn't make the recording and so Robin is joined by a guest co-host, the brilliant Natalie Haynes. They chat to Mark Steel about a new book of collected writings and musings of the late Jeremy Hardy, Speaks Volumes, for which Mark wrote the introduction. They chat about the difference between a comedian and a comic, favo…
 
As Spring springs and a roadmap out of lockdown is announced, Rob and Paul are back out in the woods having a tentative look into the future. Featuring fitness report, press conference review, pants, Mars, whistling, writing, a bit of self love, and a glimpse of the snowdrops of hope. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’ - …
 
Salena Godden was one of our very first guests on Book Shambles six years ago and now she's back to talk about her debut novel, the hugely acclaimed Mrs Death Misses Death. She chats to Josie and Robin about the book, discovering female authors in her thirties and the process of writing while walking. Support the show on Patreon to get extended edi…
 
Rob is out of his onesie - but still in his armchair - and Paul is on the phone and back on the trail - but not both at the same time. In this episode they discuss Rob’s raft of maladies, Paul dipping his toe into the evil world of yoga, both getting back to running short- and long-term, the potential pitfalls of social contact, particularly with p…
 
This week Robin and Josie are joined by the multi-award winning, and Booker Prize long-listed, Irish novelist and short stories writer Kevin Barry. They chat about his latest collection of short stories, That Old Country Music, the grumpiness of Dennis Potter, a hatred of the first draft and the appeal of living by a swamp. To hear an extended edit…
 
Paul’s on the mend - but Rob’s on the bench - as they surf a wave of memories, theories, and sillinesses as they celebrate five years - FIVE YEARS! - of running, chatting and having adventures. Here’s to the next five! Thank you for all your Happy Anniversary messages - we appreciate them more than we can express. And thank you again SO MUCH to all…
 
Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish writers of all time with her novels having sold over 30 million copies and been translated into 33 languages. With her most recent novel, the Sunday Times #1 bestseller Grown Ups, just landing in paperback she joined Josie and Robin to talk about the book, her writing process, dealing with important …
 
You've probably heard us talking about our new audio documentary series An Uncanny Hour on Book Shambles recently. Well we've just finished season one of the show, which features six one hour documentaries on everything from Hawkwind to David Cronenburg. We speak to authors, performers and scientists such as Stewart Lee, Reece Shearsmith and Kier-L…
 
As COVID makes further inroads into Tonkinson Towers, Paul’s still isolating while Rob runs down to the Barbican and St. Paul’s - but worry not; they’ve got their remote chat tech down. Featuring Craig David, a 50% reduction in presenters running and drinking, proposal memories, Geordie confusion, generational chess, cribbage report, young entrepre…
 
Author Nikesh Shukla returns to the podcast this week to chat to Robin and Josie about his new memoir, Brown Baby. They chat about the importance of humour in non-fiction, the idea of writing a memoir to his children and the amusement derived from dropping Marvel Easter Eggs into the book. They also cover parenting, the pointlessness of Twitter arg…
 
Amid further COVID trouble for Paul and his family, and the absolute acme of this Winter’s weather, the boys chat remotely - Rob in the open air, Paul in the lockdown kitchen. Featuring vegan and non-vegan recipe ideas, beans and baths - not in an Ann-Margret-in-Tommy way - scary films and romantic sitcoms, and, as January draws to a close, how tho…
 
Alexi Pappas is an author, actor, screenwriter and Olympian to boot. You might have recently seen her in the film Olympic Dreams, alongside Nick Kroll, with whom she also co-wrote it. She competed in track and field for Greece in the 2016 Olympics and has just released her brilliant memoir Bravey, in which she talks about her life, drive and battle…
 
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