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Each month we’re going to road-test a work of fiction that appears to be curiously specific about dates and locations.

Each month we’re going to road-test a work of fiction that appears to be curiously specific about dates and locations.

Location:

United Kingdom

Genres:

Podcasts

Description:

Each month we’re going to road-test a work of fiction that appears to be curiously specific about dates and locations.

Twitter:

@moongolfer

Language:

English

Contact:

07740189990


Episodes

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 12: Dirty Weekend

7/25/2019
“It began that summer, a hot and sticky summer that made the air shimmer and the walls melt.” We’re back in Brighton, for the third in our trilogy of books set in Southern England’s biggest seaside resort. The book we’re taking for a walk this time is a tale of bloody revenge set against a 1980s backdrop of shifting sexual politics and wrenching political change. Our guide is Bella, who woke up one morning and realised she’d had enough. She’s the heroine of Helen Zahavi’s controversial...

Duration:00:57:20

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 11: Hangover Square

6/28/2019
"To those whom God has forsaken, is given a gas-fire in Earl’s Court” We’re joined in this, the 11th Curiously Specific Book Club podcast, by Andy (@DulwichRaider) from Deserter, who is our natural go-to mate for summoning up the spirit of alcoholic drift and under-employment that permeates ‘Hangover Square’ by Patrick Hamilton. We are forced to drink in all the pubs on or just off the Earl’s Court Road, until we find the one that is mostly likely to be ‘The Black Hart’, the drinking den...

Duration:01:03:42

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 10: Brighton Rock

5/17/2019
“Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him.” For the tenth instalment of the Curiously Specific Book Club podcast, we travel to the southern coast of England for Graham Greene’s ‘Brighton Rock’. We discover the Brighton of the 1930s, a place of seedy glamour shoved up against repulsive poverty, a town of razor boys, prostitutes, gangsters and dodgy lawyers. We find the tunnel where Fred Hale is done in by Pinkie, Dallow and Cubitt, and take tea in...

Duration:01:02:15

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 9: Lovejoy

3/22/2019
“Antiques and Women are my only interests. It sounds simple, but you just try putting them in the right order.” The third instalment of the CSB East Anglian trilogy takes us to Essex. We immerse ourselves in the unreconstructed 1970s world of the UK’s favourite antiques dealer-cum-private eye - Lovejoy. We use Books 1 and 3 in the series - ‘The Judas Pair’ and ‘The Grail Tree’ - to explore Colchester and its environs and track down key locations, such the main antiques arcade where Lovejoy...

Duration:00:45:20

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 8: The Rings of Saturn

2/15/2019
“In August 1992, when the dog days were drawing to an end, I set off to walk the county of Suffolk, in the hope of dispelling the emptiness that takes hold of me whenever I have completed a long stint of work.” For the 8th CSB podcast, and the second in our East Anglian trilogy, we’re in Suffolk, following in the footsteps of German writer W.G. ‘Max’ Sebald as he walked from the little town of Somerleyton to the bleak prospect of Orford Ness, taking in a spectacular sweep of European history...

Duration:00:51:10

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 7: The Eagle Has Landed

1/11/2019
“At precisely one o’clock on the morning of Saturday 6 November 1943, Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the SS and Chief of State Police, received a simple message… The Eagle Has Landed.” For the 7th CSB podcast, we’re in North Norfolk looking for the tiny village of Studley Constable, as described in Jack Higgins’s classic WW2 thriller about the attempted kidnap of Winston Churchill by a small band of German paratroopers. On the marshes of Stiffkey, amongst the remains of gun emplacements,...

Duration:00:44:45

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 6: The Ballad of Peckham Rye

11/9/2018
Welcome to the 6th CSB podcast where we take you on a merry tour of the magical land of Peckham in South London, courtesy of Muriel Spark and her superb (and remarkably short) novel 'The Ballad of Peckham Rye'. We start at the address in Camberwell where Muriel Spark lived and wrote the book. We then follow a number of lost - or perhaps completely mythical - pathways down the old Surrey Canal, past a number of long-gone pubs in Peckham & Nunhead, before emerging on to the ancient Rye - where...

Duration:00:48:30

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 5: The Secret Agent

10/12/2018
In this, the 5th CSB podcast, Lloyd and Tim sink into the murky and topographically challenging world of Joseph Conrad’s imagined London, as described in the classic 1907 novel ‘The Secret Agent’. It’s a world of foreign agents, mysterious assassinations, international tensions and (alleged) Russian intrigue - so nothing like the world today, right? Our route through London takes in foreign embassies in Knightsbridge, dodgy book shops in Soho, underground beer halls on the Strand, plus the...

Duration:00:42:44

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 4: The Dark Is Rising

9/14/2018
Welcome to the fourth CSB podcast, in which Lloyd and Tim discover the hidden landscapes at the heart of Susan Cooper’s magnificent fantasy, The Dark Is Rising. We travel to deepest Buckinghamshire to find Cooper’s fictional village of Huntercombe, and the home of her hero Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son. Lloyd gets obsessed with the dates of Britain’s first motorway for reasons which will only become obvious if you listen, while Tim brings stories of the emerging counter-culture...

Duration:00:45:12

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 3: Moonraker

7/13/2018
Welcome to the third CSB podcast, in which Lloyd and Tim take to the open road - or rather the somewhat congested A20. We're following the route taken by James Bond in Ian Fleming's 'Moonraker', travelling (at about half Bond's speed) between central London and Kingsdown, the supposed location of the Moonraker rocket base. We speed our way to the precise locations of two major car crashes in the book, puzzle over Fleming's (and Bond's) obsession with the Ashford Bypass, and end up at...

Duration:00:38:57

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 2 Extra: Eccleshare on Stig

7/5/2018
Whenever we can, we're going to chat to someone who actually knows what they're talking about when it comes to the books we cover in the main podcast. This time, distinguished childrens book expert Julia Eccleshare agreed to talk to us about 'Stig of the Dump'. She covers a load of interesting topics including kids roaming free in the countryside, Stig's lack of a voice, the absence of parents and the general culture of kids literature in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Duration:00:19:05

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 2: Stig of the Dump

6/14/2018
Welcome to the second CSB podcast, where we go in search of the famous dump. We're using Clive King's classic childrens book 'Stig of the Dump' to navigate our way around rural Kent, with its heady mix of travellers, standing stones and luxury golf courses. Each month we road-test a work of fiction that appears to be curiously specific about dates and locations. We go to the places mentioned and see if descriptions are accurate, journey-times credible, dates and days all in order. For more...

Duration:00:34:00

Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 1: Drood & All The Devils

5/11/2018
In our first CSB podcast we travel from Wapping to Rochester via Cobham Park using 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' by Charles Dickens as our guide (with some help from 'All The Devils Are Here' by David Seabrook). Each month we’re going to road-test a work of fiction that appears to be curiously specific about dates and locations. We go to the places mentioned and see if descriptions are accurate, journey-times credible, dates and days all in order. For more details go to...

Duration:00:39:57