“While there was breath in my body, she would never lack sufficient AA batteries.”
This week we're reading David Nicholls much anticipated novel "Us", the story of middle aged Biochemist Douglas Peterson whose wife announces her intention to leave him when their teenage son leaves home for University – but first there's the small matter of taking one final family holiday together.
We discuss how the novel measures up to Nicholl's previous smash hit One Day, and Rachael takes a look at some strategies other authors have used to deal with the pressure of writing a follow-up. Meanwhile, Paul reveals that the book made him cry, and takes the opportunity to list 10 TV shows which also cause him to blub like a little girl.
This week's rating scale: McGuffins
In our first ever episode we explore Damien Chazelle's 2014drama Whiplash. The film stars MilesTeller as Andrew Neiman, an ambitious young jazz drummer, and JK Simmons asFletcher, his passionate but abusive instructor.
As well as discussing the film, we also talk to an actualreal-life jazz drummer about his feelings towards the movie, and Pauldemonstrates his drumming prowess on his 6 year old daughter's drum kit. After all, anyone can play the drums – right?
Meanwhile, Andy highlights a favourite but often forgottendrumming scene from the 1941 movie Ball of Fire featuring the legendary"Gene" Krupa.
This week's rating scale: How many times did you check your phone during the movie.
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