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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 33 - At The Mountains of Madness and other stories by H.P. Lovecraft

This week the Idiots kick off the Halloween season with a very special guest - waste no time discussing the racism of H.P. Lovecraft - read excerpts from their favourite Lovecraft stories - Josh becomes a gushy fanboy and shares his Lovecraft fanfic with us - we have an exclusive NEW POEM from the man himself. With Special Guest Expert Jonny Gillam and extremely super special guest expert H.P. Lovecraft himself.

Duration: 01:19:23

Episode 31 - We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

This week the Idiots discuss Lionel Shriver's bleak tale of motherhood and psychopathy "We Need To Talk About Kevin" - delve deep into the lore of Donkey Kong - give advice on how to raise your kids right - find out what Neil Patrick Harris is up to these days. Featuring Special Guest Experts, father and son petrol barons Bryce Starnbarn and Bryce Starnbarn Jr... or are they?

Duration: 01:21:49

Episode 30 - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick

This week the Idiots discuss Philip K Dick's dystopian tale of robots that fuck - Chin apologizes for last week's missing episode - robo-cuckoldry is revealed - we have the first ever sexual harassment tribunal on the show. Featuring Special Guest Experts the Man About Town and the Man on the Street.

Duration: 01:16:30

Episode 29 - IT by Stephen King

In which the Idiots discuss Stephen King's classic tale of sewer clowns, childhood and 50s nostalgia - learn about sperm counts - examine the influence of the Gaulier Clown School on the novel. Featuring a very Special Guest Expert, retired footballer and film buff Michael Owen.

Duration: 01:19:50

Episode 28 - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

In which the Idiots discuss Charles Dickens's epic tale of love and sacrifice in the French Revolution "A Tale of Two Cities" - reveal the mystical secrets of the Beefeaters - take sides in the upcoming class war -and we DO NOT take a trip to Opposite Land. With returning guest philanthropist and Subway sandwich artist Serge Pistache and Special Guest Expert Lenny London, one of the Her Majesty's Beefeaters.

Duration: 01:20:41

Episode 27 - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Idiots discuss Kazuo Ishiguro's haunting and moving tale of clones and the human condition - debate the existence of free will - what ARE you going to do with all that bum-fluff anyway? - what to do if you're ever in a room with TWO Johnny Depps - Apps for organ donations. Featuring Special Guest Expert Tom Redman and Siddartha Bookherjee, a well-being guru.

Duration: 01:10:00

Episode 26 - Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

In which the Idiots conclude their discussion of The Hunger Games Trilogy with the last book in the series "Mockingjay" - discuss what makes for a dramatically satisfying death in real life and wonder why the book is so obsessed with bread. Featuring Special Guest Experts Tom Redman and committed Atheist and Brain Guy, Ham Sarris.

Duration: 01:02:41

Episode 25 - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

In which the Idiots discuss the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy, "Catching Fire" - sing songs which consist of only one chord - explore the power dynamics within the room based upon race and gender - talk about the time Lenny Kravitz's penis burst forth upon an unsuspecting public. Featuring Special Guest Expert Cookie Kavanagh, a girl who Chin found sleeping on his couch.

Duration: 01:08:31

Episode 24 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In which The Idiots discuss "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins - Dan deconstructs the formula for every joke on Have I Got News For You in order to get a job on the show - Chin professes his love for the band Death Grips - lay out various strategies for winning The Hunger Games - list various recipes involving cheese on toast and mashed potatoes. Featuring Special Guest Expert Malcolm Rapeseed, celebrity chef and restaurateur.

Duration: 01:07:38

Episode 23 - Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

In which the Idiots discuss a bygone era and much country life in "Cider With Rosie" by Laurie Lee - debate how reliable Laurie Lee's memory is - make enemies of all people who live in the country - solve a murder - wonder whether offering to sand a table with your tongue is an effective seduction technique . Featuring Special Guest Experts Jonny Gillam and Lucy Roper, plus returning to the show once more Donnie Bagels and a surprise cameo from Steve Koenig.

Duration: 01:11:17

Bonus Wee Man Update

We seriously over-ran during the Jane Austen episode and so a vitally important Wee Man update had to be cut out of the episode. But we felt we owed it to those who are committed to the search for Wee Man (there are dozens of us! Dozens!) to release this bonus special episode.

Duration: 00:08:49

Episode 22 - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

In which the Idiots discuss Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure story - examine the complex psychodrama that is the relationship between Jim Hawkins and the multiple adult men who want his friendship - look deeper into Long John Silver's much glossed over qualities as a cook - debate what makes a good father figure. Featuring Special Guest Experts Jonny Gillam, Lucy Roper and Brian McKellen, Hollywood's premier Wallpaper Consultant.

Duration: 01:14:59

Episode 21 - Sanditon by Jane Austen

As part of the recent Jane Austen Bicentenary, the Idiots discuss Jane Austen's final uncompleted novel and try to figure out how she would have ended it - discover that Timeline humour may be the key to saving the Future - learn how they will all eventually die - get bogged down in the particulars of Georgian Architecture - figure out the precise cyclical lifespan of jokes across millennia. Featuring Special Guest Experts Ben Lund-Conlon, Spruce Bruce, a robot sent from the future and...

Duration: 01:14:47

Episode 20 - The Winds of Winter by George RR Martin

In this very special episode, the Idiots manage to get their hands on a leaked manuscript of George RR Martin's long-awaited, and long delayed, continuation of his epic "A Song of Ice & Fire " series and proceed to read and dissect their favourite chapters. Featuring Special Guest Experts Joseph Murphy and Trey Birkenstock, the official Accent Consultant for the book and television series.

Duration: 01:18:27

Episode 19 - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

In which The Idiots continue their Summer Reading Season with Alexander McCall Smith's "The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency" - discuss why the book is actually Scottish Independence Propaganda - attempt to burst the Liberal Metropolitan Elite Bubble - connect the dots like real detectives. Featuring Special Guest Experts [REDACTED] from Tomorrow's History and Abba Goran Ericsson, Orangina Enthusiast.

Duration: 01:11:37

Episode 18 - Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

In which the Summer Reading Season continues and the Idiots discuss Helen Fielding's chick-lit ur-text - get bogged down in conflicting timelines - explain the premise of "Pinky & The Brain" in Spanish - compare Bridget Jones's Diary skills to Anne Frank's. Featuring Special Guest Experts Carlos Lopez & Maria Rosa Chiquita Lopez-Gonzalez, a husband and wife burglar team.

Duration: 01:14:36

Episode 17 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel

In which the Idiots continue the Summer Reading Season with Yann Martel's 2002 Man Booker Prize Winner - Chin insists that there's nothing wrong with his interactions with animals - one of the Idiots is outed as a "Yiffer" with a secret Deviantart account - work out how many times it is possible to have watched the film "Battlefield Earth" since its release on May 12 2000. Featuring Special Guest Experts Tom Redman, Sasha Ellen, and returning True Crime Mystery Podcaster/Freeloader Steve...

Duration: 01:04:28

Episode 16 - The Beach by Alex Garland

In which the Idiots kick off their possibly ill-advised Summer Reading Season and discuss the cult book "The Beach" by Alex Garland - wonder why nobody ever tries to do a sexy Chinese accent - Sasha recommends erotica involving Clippy the Microsoft Office Assistant - Tom shares a very personal story about somebody else -we expose the anti-immigrant sentiment at the heart of the novel - we alienate everybody in South Africa. Featuring Special Guest Experts Sasha Ellen, Tom Redman and Robot...

Duration: 01:02:42

Episode 15 - The Book of Revelation by St John of Patmos

In which the Idiots discuss "The Book of Revelation" by St John of Patmos - debate whether these are the end times - ask whether a bag of cucumbers is an adequate disguise for God - are victims of serial possession and speak in tongues. Featuring Special Guest Experts Wonty "Clive" Monty Jonty-Bonty and the Reverend Deeee Hunter.

Duration: 01:09:41

Episode #14 - Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

In which the Idiots discuss D.H. Lawrence's controversial classic "Lady Chatterley's Lover" - discuss whether pornography and romance are mutually exclusive - wonder what makes inter-class sex so hot - fail to understand what Irony is - Haran opens up about his marital problems - Alice tries to recover from her hangover. Featuring Special Guest Expert "Hungry" James.

Duration: 01:09:30

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