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Publisher's 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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Crikey Buckles, you’ve done it again

Loved it. Loved it. Love Buckles. Listened while driving around New Zealand and it made us very happy, ESPECIALLY the SHOUTY CAPS VOICE and argument with wife logs. Thanks Adam for all your loveliness, I love you, BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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If you like Adam Buxton and his podcast

Then you will love Ramble Book. Here are the remainder of the 15 words required for a valid review.

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The Bailey's Women's Fiction Award winning book

Brilliantly nostalgic and clearly audio format with various jingles makes it even better. I'm with Joe and would have preferred more on the 90s and beyond, and what happened with Adam's career, how he met mai waife, the origins of the podcast etc ... next book

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just what dr buckles ordered

If you enjoy Adam Buxton’s work, you’ll enjoy this. If you don’t know who he is - you might not get all the in-jokes but it’s still a funny and sensitive look back on his life and the experience of caring for and losing his father to cancer.
And honestly it’s worth spending a credit just for the rendition of the email his friend’s child wrote detailing what she must receive for christmas to make her happy, which fans would have heard on the adam and joe radio show but must say this performance of that letter is superior 😂
Thanks Buckles and Rosie x

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Much better in audio

Adam paints a visual picture in his story telling, engaging witty and eloquent. I found myself lol’ing quite a few times.

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Just so funny and thoughtful

I’m a big Adam Buxton fan. I’m so grateful he wrote this. Was the first audio book I ever listened too. Just laughed out loud so many times. Thanks for writing it Adam if you are out there. You are brilliant.

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Brilliant

Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
The review must be 15 words long, and use 7 unique words. These stupid rules nearly annoyed me to the point of not leaving a review, but I really really enjoyed this audio book

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Adam Buxton feast!

Having listened to all Adam Buxton podcasts at least twice. This is keeping me going while waiting for a new podcast release
I already bought and read the book but wanted to hear it in Adams voice
Love it!

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Loved Ramble Book

Really enjoyed this book, like listening to a chirpy little bird with a voice like Louis Theroux Twitter in my ears.
I laughed out loud a lot and just generally enjoyed the stories, may have tuned out a bit to some of the in depth music discussion but loved the jingles and sound effects.
Loved Wife log and laughed the most with the reading of the email about a gift wish list, I’m going to listen again.
Was really touched by the soulful introspection of moments with dying father.

Thanks Adam, this was a great listen. Looking forward to next installment, just keep going!
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  • 21-09-2020

Genius!!

Thank you Dr Buckles for making this a thoroughly enjoyable listen. It was warm, fun, silly, nostalgic, sad and honest. I loved all the chapter jingles and the bonus waffles and chuckles at the end with Joe wrapped it all up wonderfully. Loved it all! Great job!

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  • M P Scott
  • 03-09-2020

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
  • 20-08-2020

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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  • James
  • 24-07-2020

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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  • Jay K
  • 01-06-2020

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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  • Cromwell F.
  • 10-04-2021

What a charming delightful book

I loved this. I used to love the Adam & Joe Show, and this didn't disappoint. Adam's frank recollections and descriptions of his relationship with his father, even at his death, were joyous in their honesty.it's funny and heartwarming and raw and evolved. Loved it, didn't want it to finish and will insist my 4 sons listen to it. If they turn out like Adam I will know I've done a great job. Loved the argument tally 😂. Thank you

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 09-12-2020

A must for all fans of the podcast and Buckles

Funny, personal, honest, full of new info, an excellent bonus podcast and of course, jingles.

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  • dash
  • 07-12-2020

a jolly entertaining read.

have listened to dr buckles since 6 music. a really fun, well written book. cheers

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  • samantha
  • 24-07-2020

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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  • Lou
  • 07-06-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2020

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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  • Oorroo
  • 30-04-2020

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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  • Neil Chauhan
  • 30-04-2020

Adam Buxton = National Treasure

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

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  • Geoff
  • 30-04-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2020

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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  • Tor
  • 30-04-2020

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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  • J
  • 04-05-2020

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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  • Soup dragon
  • 04-05-2020

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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  • Paul
  • 30-04-2020

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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  • Erin Hunt
  • 04-05-2020

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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