Uploaded at the quite nice Dems tearooms in Canterbury, it's the final 5MF of 2015 so we look back at some of the books that have rocked my world, recycle a quite popular sketch from an earlier show, unveil my personal best book of 2015, and catch up with former audiobook performer (and prick) Bryce D'Abo.
This week's 5MF was recorded in Southwark, London, and is being beamed up into the nethersphere from Colchester, setting for my as-yet-unwritten historical magical-realism tale CAMVLODVNVM. It's Christmas week, so everyone's silver bells are comprehensively a-jingle, except in my podcast where is is resolutely business very much as usual. This week we're curling up with a wonderful collection of short stories which combine comedic observation with psychological horror to examine and excavate the empty littleness of the life of the American Housewife. Karen the robot has this week's free sentence from our audiobook giveaway for you too, so it really is business as usual. But not next week. Next week is going to be different. Oh yes.
Swigging heartily from my Johnny Rockets mug, I'm kicking back and relaxing in the stress-free bliss of my newly empty studio. It's time therefore to tell you about what I've been reading this week, which is the frankly amazing novel Number Eleven by Jonathan Coe. And it is awesome. Come and listen. Along the way there's a tiny plug for a Kindle-only science fiction series, and we get to meet a giant robot who loves books. You don't get THAT on Serial.
Another all-time favourite novel gets its chance to wriggle at you seductively and pout in a frankly vampish manner while you peruse it lustfully. Do you feel ashamed? You should. This week we're looking at the debut novel from Paul Hoffman, one of my favouritest books ever. What else is new? Well, in an attempt to see if anyone ever reads these little descriptions, I'm offering a free drink to the first person to tweet me @theiainmartin to claim it (terms and conditions apply) and there's a surprise in store for the actor Bryce D'abo who is about to feel the cold, wet end of EU Employment Law's love-truncheon. Welcome in books, y'all.
In a terrible turn of events, Bryce D'Abo (he played a milkman in Morse in about 1993) has staged a coup d'etat and taken over the Five Minute Fiction studio. What audio horrors await? God let's hope he doesn't start all that Gilbert & Sullivan nonsense. Luckily there's a bit of book chat too as we look back at one of the genuine classics of the 21st Century.