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The hit podcast Book Shambles hosted by Robin Ince and Josie Long returns (virtually) for an exclusive episode as part of the Royal Albert Home series.

In these strange times, closing the Hall’s doors is the best way to look after the world, but we are now opening a (virtual) window for you to experience some of the most talented artists around.

Robin and Josie will be joined by a very special guest, astronaut Captain Samantha Cristoforetti. Samantha holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours) and is also the first Italian woman in space. She’ll be chatting live with Robin about her time aboard the ISS and her new book, Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut.

Robin and Josie will also welcome musical guest Tanita Tikaram and Dr Helen Czerski who previously hosted Sea Shambles with Robin for Royal Albert Home.

Book Shambles is the acclaimed podcast that uses books as a springboard into ludicrous and always passionate conversations of literature, science, comedy, politics and, well, everything and anything.

Presented by the Cosmic Shambles Network.

Royal Albert Home

As artists generously share their work with you, we ask that you generously support us so that the Royal Albert Hall can come back strong when we reopen our doors to the world.

If you can donate a fraction of the price of a ticket to see one of these artists live, you will be supporting the Hall for a brighter future.