Presenters Robin Ince and Josie Long of Book Shambles, speak with actor Bryan Cranston about his autobiography, A Life in Parts. He is best known for playing Walter White in Breaking Bad and Hal, the father in Malcolm in the middle.

Cranston who recently starred in the National Theatre’s production of Network describes what he sees as the difference between British and American actors. He also has a frank discussion with Ince and Long on his relationship with his parents and how he got into acting.

Excerpt from the Interview:

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Since the first episode in November 2015, the series has been downloaded over 1.5 million times. The two interviewers use books as a springboard for their lively conversations that explore topics from anything to literature, science, philosophy, comedy, politics.

“One day, a friend of mine said that I had now gone beyond bibliophile and become a ‘bibliosexual'” Robin explains. 

I love books. So when Josie and I decided we needed to bring back our Shambles podcast we decided the starting point would be lovely, lovely books.

It has been a delight to find out what astronauts read in space (Chris Hadfield), that leading astrophysicists are secretly addicted to bodice rippers (Monica Grady), that US TV stars like to spend time in Margate (Nick Offerman), that Tanita Tikaram and I have a telepathic link when it comes to working out which lesbian detective thriller written entirely in verse is in her hessian bag and what Alan Moore’s favourite bath bombs are when reading necromancy in the tub.”

The interviews are delivered in an informal banter like way as if it were a few old friends catching up.

A nice, bright listen …I bought two new books as a result of listening, so they are definitely doing something right”.    –  The Guardian

Interviewees have included Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe, Ricky Gervais, Ruby Tandoh, Noel Fielding, Nick Offerman, Charlotte Church, Ian Rankin, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ and Alan Moore.

Robin Ince and Josie long’s funny and informative show now focuses on books and is all the better for it. there’s always a couple of great recommendations.”    Little Atoms

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