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Learn everything you need to know about a new book each week without even having to bother reading it. Ex-bookseller, publisher and writer Iain Martin leads you through the terrifying world of contemporary fiction from deep within the imposing Bookface Tower.
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Now displaying: September, 2015

Books. We've all read them, but are they any good?

Sep 29, 2015
15. The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year

What a week it's been, with one of our 80's pop icons having turned in a controversial novel replete with amusingly-written sex, and everyone's going crazy about this. Well, you have to give these people some right to reply, don't you? I have also been reading the final novel from Sue Townsend. The book came out in 2012 but I haven't felt like reaching 'the end' with Sue up to now. Is it a fitting farewell from the writer who gave the world Adrian Mole? Meanwhile it's lawyers at dawn with Bryce D'Abo which makes for a distinctly frosty Spoken Word section this week. 

Sep 22, 2015
14. The Girl In the Spider's Web

A record-breaking longest show ever this week, despite legal wranglings over the continued involvement of our spoken word actor Bryce D'Abo meaning there is no new sentence this week (but there is something even betterer instead.)

Dawkins seems pretty forlorn too, so it's left to me to carry the show this week, which I attempt to do by discussing the new Salander/Blomkvist novel by ghost-writer and novelist David Lagercrantz. 

Strap yourselves in and hose yourselves down. It's going to be a bumpy ride. On the way we get side-tracked by the mucky business of other authors continuing other people's franchises, and how much this idea scares me now that Sue Townsend is no longer with us.

Incidentally, I don't know if you've seen this story in the papers, but DAVID CAMERON PUT IT IN A DEAD PIG'S FACE.

Sep 15, 2015
13. The Things They Carried

It's show number thirteen. How about that? To celebrate hitting this dizzying number of podcasts, we have a devastatingly powerful book to discuss this week. We have a brief skirmish in the studio as the cats (who used to be Will Self) go for each other in the background. But this too is mere foreshadowing of another confrontation brewing, after which nothing will ever be the same again... 

Sep 8, 2015
12. London Falling

In the week of publication for his new novel, Witches of Lychford, I have finally got to grips with London Falling, the first book in Paul Cornell's fantasy crime series The Shadow Police. Those of you who want to hear my thoughts on it would be well advised to listen to this podcast. 

Others out there only listen to the show to hear the latest bursts of Buddha-like wisdom from my caged intellectual, Richard Dawkins, and he's on good form this week. Similarly we celebrate the return to the studio of celebrated thespian Bryce D'Abo whose velvety tones bring our FREE AUDIOBOOK to life each week.

The schedule is filling up nicely now with some big books for Autumn so in the coming weeks there will be big, big books under my whimsical and capricious gaze. Join me, book fans, oh please, please join me...


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