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Ramble Book

Musings on Childhood, Friendship, Family and 80s Pop Culture
Narrated by: Adam Buxton
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Includes an exclusive bonus podcast with Joe Cornish.

The long-awaited, rambling, tender and very funny memoir from Adam Buxton.

Ramble

/ˈramb(ə)l/

Verb

1. walk for pleasure in the countryside.

‘Dr Buckles and Rosie the dog love rambling in the countryside.’

2. talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way.

‘Adam rambles on about lots of consequential, compelling and personal matters in his tender, insightful, hilarious and totally unconfused memoir, Ramble Book.’

Ramble Book is about parenthood, boarding-school trauma, arguing with your partner, bad parties, confrontations on trains, friendship, wanting to fit in, growing up in the '80s, dead dads, teenage sexual anxiety, failed artistic endeavours, being a David Bowie fan and how everything you read, watch and listen to as a child forms a part of the adult you become. 

It’s also an audiobook about the joys of going off topic and letting your mind wander.

And it’s about a short, hairy, frequently confused man called Adam Buxton.     

©2020 Adam Buxton (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"I recommend Ramble Book. There are wonderful, melancholy passages about his father, and Bowie, and 80s nostalgia, perfect for those of us who get teary-eyed remembering the first time we heard Dexys Midnight Runners or whatever. He writes jingles for the start of each chapter. He takes us on lovely, audio-only tangents. There used to be a solemnity to audiobook recording. Diverging from the set text was considered heretical. Adam’s book is full of the joys of doing the opposite.’ (Jon Ronson) 

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What a guy, what a book

Need I say more? Yes, apparently, as the minimum review word requirement is fif teen

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Everything I hoped it would be

Only 1 hour in and can already say this is everything that I hoped it would be, especially at a time like this during lockdown. Buckles is the warmest, loveliest of humans and this hilarious and entertaining extension of his podcast is sure to cheer you up. If you are a fan of the pod purchase immediately.

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Adam Buxton = National Treasure

Adams podcasts, playlists and now this audiobook have cheered me through CV19recovery and through life. Cheers!

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Adam at his true best

I love this. If you love the podcast you’ll love this. Well done Adam! Brilliant

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I could not have loved this more.....

Am a massive fan of the podcast so have been waiting for this for aggggeeeeees. Now that it's here I promised myself that I would ration it to an hour a day, well that went shits up because I bought it yesterday and I have finished it already....do yourself a favour just buy it, it's wonderful.

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5 stars for Buckles before I’ve even listened

I’m going to savour his long awaited audiobook delight just like Charlie savours his birthday chocolate bar in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Love you BYEEEEEEEEE

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  • 04-05-20

Wonderful! Funny, easy going, heartfelt, genuine

What a great book - well done Adam! A delightful walk through Adam’s life being his usual honest and reflective self, with some interesting stories and observations. Unlike most autobiographies the stories aren’t so much the point of Adams book so much as how they made him feel and his inquisitive, genuine desire to understand and report them. Without wanting to be too mean, it’s everything that Louis’s book lacked for me. Lots of heartfelt stuff in here, which Adam brilliantly lightens with a bit of perspective and good humour. I loved the mixed format too - the interludes and jungles really worked for me (I was nervous hearing him talk about working on them!)... I feel that as a podcast king and audible super fan, he’s about as qualified to play with the format as anyone... and I think he’s done it proud.

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Superb

Couldn't stop listening and finished it in record time. Brilliantly narrated. Mainly funny and interesting but also sensitive and thought provoking.

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So happy :)

If you already listen to Adam Buxton on a weekly basis you already own this :) If you never have, check out his podcast. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed and you’ll be downloading this book in no time :)

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A tonic

Funny but not distracted with trying to be, thought provoking but not heavy, personal but not stalker-fan levels. The last chapter made me done a cry-cry. I'm more of a ramble chat, philosophical, comedy leaning podcast listener, so while there is a lot of music and, of course, Bowie talk the themes are well interlaced with personal experiences and I didn't feel lectured to or sidelined. The usual ear tonic that I crave from Mr Buckles - delivered (left at a safe distance on my earstep).

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  • 03-09-20

Authentic, warm and honest.

Adam’s book is a must for fans (and he has many) who have grown up with his work. His early life and family experiences will resonate with anyone growing up in the 80s. His superpower (although he doesn’t seem to notice this himself) is how natural and unique he is at connecting with the people he interviews and how he brings light and warmth to his ramble chats. You will always be lifted by reading or listening to him. I hope that he focuses on writing more.

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  • A. Paterson
  • 20-08-20

Loses one star for dismissing the music of Tin Machine

Less an autobiography, more like spending a pleasant day with Mr Buxton. Warm, charming, funny and tender. Strikes a nostalgic chord with all those of our generation who experienced the thrill of setting up an Atari 2600 or scared ourselves half to death in a darkened room trying to watch Alien on TV.

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  • samantha
  • 24-07-20

Special and unique

This book is something special - Adam has a way of story telling that is so simple and compelling. I have recommended it to everyone I know and will continue to do so. Thank you.

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  • James
  • 24-07-20

Probably the best book of the year so far.

It’s impossible to be subjective here when my youth and adult life has been enhanced by Adam Buxton in so many ways. I knew i’d like it, but I didn’t think i’d love it quite as much as i did. There’s a very Bill Bryson/David Sedaris quality to the story telling which I enjoyed a great deal and took everything in a direction I wasn’t expecting. I think if you’re a newcomer to Adam Buxton there’s more than enough to entertain and leave you wanting more and to a longtime fan it’s a touching, funny and expertly written memoir.

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  • Lou
  • 07-06-20

Loved it

Thank you Adam, funny, from the heart, authentic. I nyomped this down in the last week, carving out time to listen because I was enjoying it so much. Looking forward to part two 😉

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  • Jay K
  • 01-06-20

Perfect for any Adam and Joe fans.

Really enjoyed this audiobook but didn't expect anything else. Adam is hilarious as usual and I found myself tearing up a bit as i heard of the final few days of Bad Dad. Thought Joe's appearance at the end was the perfect end to a great listen, and I would pay money to hear those two regularly again in a podcast.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-20

if you like Adam's podcasts, you'll enjoy this!

everything you would expect if you've listened to Adam's ramblechats: funny, open, honest and in parts very moving. the bonus podcast episode at the end is also excellent.

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  • Tim Warre
  • 18-05-20

Heart-warming & Lovely

Thanks so much Buckles, loved it! I laughed, I cried, I identified! (fart noise) Would definitely recommend.

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  • ben slater
  • 10-05-20

A Funny, Moving and Smartly Structured Ramble!

If like me, you've been a fan of Adam since the Adam & Joe Show days (British TV - the 90s), then rediscovered him via the sublimely silly Adam & Joe Morning Show on BBC 6Music in the mid-2000s, then stuck with his intermittent radio appearances after that show ended, then enjoyed the triumphant ascendance of his podcast over the last five years, then you're going to *really* like this. Not only because it contains rich and deep insights into Adam's life, his storied friendship with Joe Cornish and Louis Theroux since school days in London, and most importantly his father, but because you're probably in your 40s, and Adam describes the painfully familiar landscape of growing up middle class in England in the 1980s. In fact, Adam and his editor have chosen to structure the narrative of this memoir around this decade, moving through year by year, as Adam grows up, attends boarding school, falls in love - with girls, friends, pop culture, movies, America, and of course David Bowie. Each year/chapter is marked by a wonderfully succinct 'Bowie Annual', as he charts his complicated fandom with the late, elusive pop star. This neatly parallels the changing state of his relationship with his Dad, Nigel Buxton, former travel editor of the Daily Telegraph, a self-made snobbish toff, keeper of several painful secrets, and an often problematic presence in Adam's life. The childhood-to-teenager-to young adult material is intercut with snapshots (rambles) of Adam's current family life, plus an account of the elderly Nigel's last days, after he's moved back in with Adam and a chance for a deeper connection between father and son may well be on the horizon. Of course this is very, very moving - and the final words of the book (though the audio book has a bonus extra) pays off one of Adam's long-running (catch) phrases in a staggeringly poignant way. What will become apparent to Adam & Joe fans is that while we hear plenty on the formative years of that partnership, Adam gives only a brief portrait of their TV-making days, largely to get to more stuff about his Dad (who appeared in their show very memorably), and there's almost nothing about their radio shows, or their parting of ways, which close listeners to Adam's podcast will know has not been easy. While in the post-Audio Book chat with Joe (framed as a podcast, and a sweet coda to the whole experience), Adam (and even Joe) dismisses that material as "boring", I do hope Adam eventually does the difficult but necessary work of giving us a second Ramble Book. As an audio book this is brilliantly performed and has a ton of jingles, music, funny voices, and other bits and pieces that make it Adam's lovingly handcrafted masterpiece. And it's f&cking funny.

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  • Holley Johnson
  • 07-05-20

A Triumph

Absolutely loved this account of Adam's formative years. Heartfelt and sometimes heartbreaking stories of friendship, first loves, and family ties kept me listening. Music plays a strong role as does other Pop culture of the 1980's. Remembering how it felt to hear bands and see films for the first time is shared honestly from a teenage perspective. Chapter jingles are exactly what you would expect from the master of jingle writing- clever with just the right amount of silliness.