A slender, delicate tale of grief and not-entirely unwelcome corvid intruders provides this week's subject matter, which keeps your host pre-occupied enough not to notice that maybe, just maybe, something terrible is going to happen... Welcome, readers.
Please arrive promptly for the start of the informal soiree when crisps will be served. There will then be a bit of talking about a book. Then dancing. You know the form. The cause of celebration this week is the discovery of one of 2016's finest and most lovely novels, by Elizabeth McKenzie. It's the best thing I've read in yonks.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and desperate times cost you desperate treasures.
A treasure for you all here is that, because I'm away in Frankfurt this week, I have pre-recorded a special show all about one of my favourite novels: The Information by Martin Amis. Do not expect anything but wide-eyed fanboy advocacy here.
Why do I love this novel so much? What's the cut of its jib? What, in a nutshell, is the plot? And what did I say to the author about it when I met him?
What else? Captive think-worm Richard Dawkins says something profound and the pissed old ham in studio 2 archly performs another sentence of our FREE AUDIOBOOK.
So; a bumper show for you here. I hope you enjoy it. Tell me if so!
As a treat for you all, this week I'm reaching back onto the endless bookshelf of yesteryear and plucking out my favourite Doctor Who book, dusting it off and presenting it for your delectation. I know some of you literary types will turn your noses up, but if you're a Doctor Who fan you'll either love this already or you soon will. The reason? Doctor Who books got me reading. And I'm not alone in that. Also I've just been commissioned to write an essay for a book about the Doctor Who books from Target. Thirdly I haven't finished this week's novel but I did have time for what is an excellent audiobook. Fourthly Ben Aaronovitch is now better known as the author of a magical crime series which begins with Rivers of London and they are ace.
Morrissey appears to have disappeared from the studio in the same week that Dawkins seems to have doubled in size. Bryce D'abo is still knocking about but is throwing shade all over our Spoken Word feature. Hopefully the drunken old sod will be gone for next week's episode.