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We are a comedy podcast in which comedians get together to discuss a book in the manner of a book club, despite the fact that none of us have actually read the book.

We are a comedy podcast in which comedians get together to discuss a book in the manner of a book club, despite the fact that none of us have actually read the book.
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We are a comedy podcast in which comedians get together to discuss a book in the manner of a book club, despite the fact that none of us have actually read the book.




Episode 67 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

In which the Idiots discuss William Golding's tale of boys, pigs and the laughably fragile veneer of civilization - discuss whether this book would be sexier if it had involved an island of girls as opposed to boys - expose the music world for the hollow sham it truly is - finally establish who has true Big Dick Energy in the room. Featuring Special Guest Experts Pop Artist Regyna McCracken and Falix Petridish, music critic for The Truncheon.


Episode 66 - Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (with Lucas Jolson!)

In which the Idiots discuss Nick Nornby's long-form love-letter to football and fandom "Fever Pitch" - returning guest Michael Owen give us his Dream Team and regales us with tales of his friendship and rivalry with Sami Hyypiä - discuss the effect that the football has on the "lower classes" - figure out how to give Grandma the perfect send-off. Featuring Special Guest Experts Peter Reilly (Lucas Jolson) and Michael Owen.


Episode 65 - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (with Ben Lund-Conlon!)

THE LOST EPISODE! In which the Idiots failed to record an episode properly, and subsequently only salvaged half an episode from the mess. Apologies for the long rambling introduction at the beginning. Feel free to skip past the five minute mark if you're adverse to mid range vocal fry.


Episode 64 - The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (with Nathan Roberts!)

In which the Idiots discuss Thomas Pynchon's cult novel of paranoia and mail conspiracy "The Crying of Lot 49" - discuss Bruce Forsythe's last show "Strictly Sane" - why does Batman love beating up mentally ill people? - a cat barber gives dating tips. With Special Guest Experts Nathan Roberts and Edward Pomblebee, a cat barber.


Episode 63 - The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (with Fitzgerald Honger!)

In which the Idiots discuss Thomas Harris's blockbusting pot-boiler "The Silence of the Lambs" - Chin uses his powers of emergency marriage counselling to deploy some much needed couples therapy - repeatedly plug a wallpaper business - discuss the proper way to eat a tasty sandwich - bring a new life into the world. Featuring Special Guest Experts Fitzgerald Honger and our favourite couple in crime Carlos Lopez & Maria Rosa Chiquita Lopez-Gonzalez.


Episode 62 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (with Rebekka Turner!)

In which the Idiots discuss Charlotte Bronte's tale of triumph over adversity and madness "Jane Eyre" - Chin discuss his DeviantTart work and receives feedback on his pregnant Sonic the Hedgehog tart - plug the hell out of a building cleaning services company - discover the links between Jane Eyre and Harry Potter - talk about how babies are named. Featuring Special Guest Experts Rebekka Turner, Lenny London (Beefeater) and Montgomery O'McClean, building site cleaner.


Episode 61 - American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

In which the Idiots discuss Bret Easton Ellis's infamous satire of 80s narcissism and excess "American Psycho" - question the very fabric of reality itself - butts and abs gets slapped, we don't play favourites here! - two familiar faces return... Featuring Chambers Johnstein Jr & Chambers Junestein Sr, father and son jam brewers.


Episode 60 - Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth

In which the Idiots discuss the late Philip Roth's transgressive and sexually frank novel of American Jewish male identity - Chin reveals a hidden career working for Graham Norton - decide who's better: humans or octopuses - get some lessons in comedy from a pro. With Special Guest Expert Tom Blueman, pro comedian on the Northern Circuit.


Episode 58 - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (with Emily McQuade!)

In which the Idiots discuss F Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated novel of the Jazz Age and the inherent emptiness of the American Dream - watch a YouTube series in which Presidents are pranked - explore the impractical side to have a concave face - talk about fusion in all it myriad forms (mostly jazz and faces). Featuring Special Guest Experst Emily McQuade and Barney and Brad Lemonclime, twin plubmers and YouTube pranksters, among many other things. Outro Music: Bros - Panda Bear


Episode 57 - Timeline by Michael Crichton (with Ben Lund-Conlon!)

In which the Idiots discuss Michael Crichton's tales of quantum physics and medieval time hopping "Timeline" - try to stop the end of all life in the universe, or at least the end of all life with a name containing the letter "C" - try to keep the truth from a guest's girlfriend - appreciate Billy Connolly. Featuring Special Guest Experts Ben Lund-Conlon, Allessandro Bomodoro Auctioneer and Pret A Manger employee and DANOS.


Episode 56 - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

In which the Idiots celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Daphne du Maurier's psychological melodrama "Rebecca" - play out endless scenarios of how to behave at parties - get highly defensive for no reason - try repeatedly to end the show to no avail. Featuring Special Guest Expert Robert Downey Yoghurt, actor and bean counter. Outro music: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme (instrumental)


Episode 55 - Animal Farm by George Orwell

In which the Idiots seize the means of production with George Orwell's beloved and enduring political allegory of totalitarianism, "Animal Farm" - sing and dance through a variety of musical numbers - learn about how we get gold from gold farms - somebody dies. Featuring Special Guest Expert ??? a gold prospector searching for his name.


Episode 54 - Stoner by John Williams

In which Haran takes over hosting duties for a 420 special while Chin is away staring at something completely unrelated in the corner and leads a discursive discussion on John Williams's late-blooming bestseller "Stoner" - debate the myriad forms of love - compare the relative bar for bestsellers in the US and the UK - get incredibly defensive over minor perceived slights. Featuring Special Guest Experts Jonny Gillam and Gideon Ponyboy, the world's purest Rastafarian. Outro Music: Spliff...


Episode 53 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In which the Idiots discuss Ernest Cline's book of weaponized nostalgia, "Ready Player One" - pack reference after reference after reference instead of actual jokes - differentiate between nerds and funky guys (#funkyguyforlife) - briefly discuss the death of the author - get top tips on internet piracy. Featuring Special Guest Experts Bob Flowers, Hollywood insider and Eobard Covfefe, an internet pirate and founder of www.altright.com.


Episode 53 - Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

In which the Idiots read Ian Fleming's classic tale of espionage, innuendo and idée fixe, "GoldFinger" - really get hung up on names - delve into the secret history of the SAS - play a game. Featuring Special Guest Expert Mr Finch, a friend of Steve Koenig. Outro Music: The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World - Sammy Davis Jr.


Episode 52 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - Live at Waterstones TCR! (with Michael Hill!)

In which the Idiots recorded a special live Easter episode at Waterstone's Tottenham Court Road on 29th April 2018.


Episode 51 - The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In which the Idiots discuss Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's ripping yarn about dinosaurs - debate whether wheat is a fruit - dive into the lucrativer world of dinosaur erotica - retool the show to create the next great work of dinosaur erotica. With Special Guest Experts Sam Dodson and advertising executive Barry Blinds. Our live show is happening THIS THURSDAY! Click below for tickets: https://www.waterstones.com/events/faking-lit-podcast-presents-the-da-vinci-code/london-tottenham-court-road...


Episode 48 - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

In which the Idiots belatedly celebrate St Patrick's Day with James Joyce's celebrated kunstlerroman "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" - talk about masturbation - -debate the meaning of the word "portmanteau" - continue to talk about masturbation - uncover the rivalry between the Samaritans and the Philistines - are unable to get off the topic of masturbation - Chin reads the erotic letters of James Joyce - Michael imagines what it would be like if James Joyce were a character in...


Episode 48 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

In which the Idiots record a special Mother's Day episode on Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic "Little Women" - explore the reasons behind Elvis Presley faking his own death - gush about the hip hop musical based on the life and times of Ernest Hemingway - get a lesson in braille - Haran continues to spiral into the outer reaches acceptable podcast banter. Featuring Special Guest Experts Rachel Sambrooks and Danish town planner Billiam Chillitree.


Episode 47 - Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

In which the Idiots gab about DBC Pierre's Booker and Whitbread winning novel "Vernon God Little" - talk about why hamsters should have guns - why you should have guns on your teeth - how to survive the gas chamber - why you should respect Russia. Featuring Special Guest Experts Alabaman gun enthusiast Werner Climes and fellow American Ursuala You'reIn (Simone Belshaw). Hey! Come on to our live show on the 29th March!...