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Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks

The Essential Alan Coren


Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks is a definitive new collection of classic pieces by Alan Coren, spanning five decades of brilliant comic writing. It is edited and introduced by Giles and Victoria Coren, and features new essays and introductions by Melvyn Bragg, Stephen Fry, A.A. Gill, Clive James and Victoria Wood.

This book, representing the very best of the former editor of Punch, hero of the News Quiz and team captain from Call My Bluff, is a bundle of treats for anyone who was a fan, but perhaps most of all for those who have not yet discovered Britain’s greatest humorist. It is currently available in all decent bookshops, and the audio version is ONLY available from RNIB Talking Books and on Insight Radio.

Tune in every day from 3pm, or 10pm to hear Peter Noble read the words of Alan Coren. It lasts 15 episodes until the 23rd of July.

Coming Soon

Books to come include Writing Home, Driving Over Lemons and Jamaica Inn. Suggest a book by emailing or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.

Junior Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm. At the moment it's Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Find out more about our Sunday book here

Podcast Shows

Author interviews, special shows, documentaries and more, all available to listen online or download as a podcast. Includes chats with Bill Bryson, the creator of Paddington Bear, James Herbert's last ever interview, a full short story by Denise Mina and the man behind Parker and Brains in Thunderbirds and co-inventor of the voice of the Daleks. 

Podcast shows here.

Most recent podcasts for Talking Books

RNIB Bear Hunt Live

Highlights from the Live Bear Hunt with Michael Rosen, Walker Books and Read for RNIB ... but did they get the World Record?

We're Going on a Bearhunt with RNIB

Join the Biggest Ever Bear Hunt reading lesson with Michael Rosen, the author of the beloved picture book.

Marathon Storytelling with Tam Dean Burn and the Queen's Baton Relay

I find out about the The Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge as Tam Dean Burn & Co. tour Scotland reading Julia Donaldson's 181 books to children for #Culture2014 on the Queen's Baton Relay, then across Glasgow for #Festival2014

Listen Again

Catch up with the last five episodes of Talking Books

Monday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 13/15

Tuesday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 14/15

Wednesday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 10/15

Thursday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 11/15

Friday - Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks 12/15

Sunday - Matilda by Roald Dahl



About Talking Books

Robert Kirkwood presents the best of the spoken Word. The famous RNIB Talking Books studios have such a rich and varied history. Authors such as Ruth Rendell, Roald Dahl, P.D. James, A.S. Byatt, Fay Weldon, Doris Lessing, Lady Antonia Fraser and lots of other greats, making up a veritable Who’s Who of UK literature, have all visited us and recorded something.

Narrators over the years have included Joanna Lumley, Richard Baker, Sir John Gielgud, Joss Ackland and Jim Broadbent amongst hundreds of others. In the early days of the RNIB Talking Book service, there was no such thing as commercial audiobooks, so the RNIB library is the only place to hear people such as Peter Cushing and Joyce Grenfel read books aloud.

On Insight Radio's Talking Book show we've featured all of the above! Where else could you hear Peter Cushing read Sherlock Holmes followed by Victoria Coren talking poker, or Cherie Blair reading Postman Pat followed by Frederick Forsyth telling us about cocaine trafficking?

Tune in every day at 3pm (or 10pm or 3am) for exclusive audio, author interviews, behind the scenes features and our featured book or short story of the moment. I'll also keep adding content to the Talking Books podcast feed so make sure you subscribe.

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