Podcast: The Adventures With Words Christmas Special 2016, part 1

Rob and Kate are joined by special guests and occasional cohosts Simon, Gav and Darran for a Christmas Day adventure game, some slightly bawdy banter and, as always, some bookish chat and recommendations – part 1…

Kate, Simon, Gav and Darran play the adventure with words ‘Action Castle’ (a ‘Parsley’ game, which you can find too at memento-mori.com), on the C64 (or Chilver-64) computer, attempting not to die in embarrassing ways as they go on a quest to see what awaits them. Of course, there’s some hilarity, a little unavoidable innuendo (apologies!), and they recommend some books along the way.

In no particular order, the books mentioned during the course of the adventure were…

  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
  • See What I Have Done by Sara Schmidt
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
  • His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  • Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  • SPQR Mary Beard
  • Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season
  • Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah
  • Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
  • Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Walking Home by Simon Armitage
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • The Master and Margarita

You can find Simon at @savidgereads on Twitter and Instagram. You can read his blog at https://savidgereads.wordpress.com and watch/subscribe to his vlogs at https://www.youtube.com/user/SavidgeReads.

You can find Darran at @shinraalpha on Twitter and Instagram. You can read his blog at https://shinraalpha.com and watch/subscribe to his vlogs here.

Gav is the former cohost of The Readers and Hear, Read This! and is still the behind-the-scenes techno-production wizard for The Readers. You can find him on Twitter at @gavreads.

You can find Rob on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Litsy at @robchilver, and Kate in the same places at @magic_kitten, as well as here!

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Episode 177. An Adventures With Words production. Hosted by Rob Chilver and Kate Neilan.

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