75. Adam Thorpe - Ulverton


This episode was recorded live at the End of the Road Festival at Larmer Tree Gardens in Cranbourne Chase, Dorset. Andy and John are joined by Tom Cox, author of bestselling books on cats, golf, folklore and landscape, including most recently 21st Century Yokel and the forthcoming Help the Witch. The book he’s chosen is Adam Thorpe’s complex and influential historical novel, Ulverton, first published in 1992 by Secker & Warburg . In addition, Andy hails the re-issue of the Ian Hunter’s classic Diary of a Rock’n’Roll Star by Omnibus Press and John falls for the charms of Sally Rooney’s Normal People.

Books mentioned:

Adam Thorpe - Ulverton; Hodd; Missing Fay; On Silbury Hill
Tom Cox - 21st Century Yokel; Help the Witch; Nice Jumper; Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia
Andy Miller - Tilting at Windmills
Ian Hunter - Diary of a Rock’n’Roll Star
Sally Rooney – Normal People; Conversations with Friends
Mary Webb - Gone to Earth
Robin Robertson - The Long Take
Richard Ford - A Piece of My Heart
T.S. Eliot - Four Quartets
Keith Richards - Life (audiobook read by Johnny Depp & James Fox)
Robert Tombs - The English & Their History
Ronald Blythe - Akenfield
David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Carlo Ginzburg - The Cheese & the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller

Other links:

Queen Elizabeth - ‘Avebury’ (special theme music)
Billy Childish’s website
The Oh Sees’ website
Hiss Golden Messenger’s website
Josh T. Peason’s website
Mott the Hoople - ‘All the Young Dudes’; ‘Saturday Gigs’
BBC2 documentary on Angela Carter
Adam Thorpe’s website
Adam Thorpe on Nature & Panic (includes the poem ‘Recent Summers’)
Mr Fox - ‘Salisbury Plain’; ‘Aunt Lucy Broadbent’
Hilary Mantel’s review of Ulverton in the Independent (1992)
Karl Ove Knausgaard on Ulverton