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Happy New Year! It might be a little late but you bet your ass that we recorded this in full festive mode on Christmas Eve. So sit back, relax and re-live an absolute Christmas classic as we take you through all the thrills, spills and suspected broken bones of that Christmas classic Home Alone! Merry Christmas, happy new year and have a brilliant 2020! 

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! And to celebrate we're taking on a classic of world cinema. It's a festive treat featuring a world renowned international star. It's a combination of balls to the wall action (a reindeer gets punched in the face) and good old family fun (bad people get punched in the face). It's one man's quest to buy his son's affection for Christmas. It's Jingle All The Way! Merry Christmas!!

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Happy New Year! It's the second part of our read-through of Charles Dickens' The Chimes, and this narrative has not gone where we've expected. For a start, someone had a fairly solid supply of hallucinogens, and it wasn't either of us; Charlie, we're looking at you. Is Inception only a pale imitation of this, the first postmodernist book? Is it possible that Dallas was just making an epic literary callback with the famous it-was-all-a-dream reveal? (Spoilers)? And finally: when is someone literally going to write 'saxophones fade in' over the happy last scene of any novel? These questions and more, we need your help answering. Email us sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @sharkliveroil.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! And Meeeeeeerry Christmas!!! It's that time of year again and Shark Liver Oil is getting into the festive spirit with a readthrough of the second of Charles Dickens's Christmas stories - this one's called The Chimes! The Chimes!! Join us as we meet Toby as he tries valiantly to enjoy a cheery Christmas in the face of crushing English Upper Middle Class scorn. And there are goblins too. You've got to love the goblins. Get your feedback to us at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @sharkliveroil and have a great Christmas! 

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We're rounding off our December of Christmas themed material with a look at the ultra-short story by Charles Dickens called The Goblins who Stole a Sexton. It's taken from the Pickwick Papers and is seen by many (including us) as the spiritual dad of A Christmas Carol. It's got goblins, ghastly goings on and a gravedigger called Gabriel Grubb. What's not to love? Send your feedback and suggestions to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening and have a Happy New Year!

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Welcome to a special episode of shark liver oil where we'll be doing things a little differently. For our third part of our guide to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens we'll be discussing your feedback, reviews from around the world and taking a look at some modern re-tellings of the classic story including: - Mickey's Chistmas Carol - Scrooged - The Muppet Christmas Carol - Blackadder's Christmas Carol So grab a mug of mulled wine and a mince pie and sit back to enjoy a festive feast of podcast prattle! Any feedback etc, send it to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com

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It's the last part of our coverage of A Christmas Carol, and we've got jolly ghosts, silent ghosts, a massive feast, a bit of slap and tickle behind the curtains, the stamp collectors of the British Empire, and Ebenezer Scrooge really really seriously failing to take a hint. Also featuring Dave's desperate attempt to feel the simple redemptive joy of a child at one of the most over-used lines in English literature. Next week we're doing the best of the adaptations for our Christmas Special, so get in touch with any suggestions, thoughts and ideas: sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, and on Twitter: @sharkliveroil

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December 9, 2014

A Christmas Carol 1: Humbug!

Wooooo! Woooooooo! Woooooooooo! It's time to combine two of Shark Liver Oil's favourite things - christmas and ghost stories! Yes, it's the first of a three part extravaganza about the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Ebeneezer Scrooge is a brooding, anti-yuletilde eco-warrior who abhors fossil fuel energy. Jacob Marley is an insubstantial wispy wonder with a fetish for clanking chains and ghostly voyeurism. And Mr G. Christmas-Past is a nostalgia loving smarty pants with a flickering candle flame for a head. With characters like that, it can't fail to be good! If you've any suggestions for modern re-tellings of A Christmas Carol for us to talk about during our christmas special in a couple of weeks, send them in to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com

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