Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Curiously Specific · Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 15: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ‘You’ll take the job, clean the stables? Go backwards, go forwards, do whatever is necessary?’ Lloyd and Tim take on the ‘holy scripture’ of spy novels, John Le Carré’s classic tale of 1970s Cold War intrigue and betrayal; the book that establishedContinue reading “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

The Ipcress File

‘A plan to brain-wash the entire framework of the nation,’ said Jean, over the coffee and croissants. ‘It’s hardly credible.’ After a long hiatus, Tim and Lloyd are back with the (unlucky-for-some) 13th Curiously Specific Book Club podcast. They start the new series with something that comes easy to them both – a leisurely strollContinue reading “The Ipcress File”

Hangover Square

Curiously Specific · Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 11: Hangover Square “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 andContinue reading “Hangover Square”

Lovejoy: The Judas Pair & The Grail Tree

“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 andContinue reading “Lovejoy: The Judas Pair & The Grail Tree”

The Eagle Has Landed

“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 WW2Continue reading “The Eagle Has Landed”

The Ballad of Peckham Rye

Curiously Specific · Curiously Specific Book Club Podcast 6: The Ballad of Peckham Rye 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 startContinue reading “The Ballad of Peckham Rye”