The Curiously Specific Book Club
Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 4: The Dark Is Rising
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...
Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 3: Moonraker
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...
Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 2 Extra: Eccleshare on Stig
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.
Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 2: Stig of the Dump
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...
Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 1: Drood & All The Devils
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...