John Robins and Elis James are writing their second book, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal it.
How do you cope? Notes on Strength, Resilience and Self-DiscoverySet to be published on February 2, 2023 by BBC Books, and is based on their Radio 5 Live podcast of the same name, which begins its third series today with an interview with the Reverend Richard Coles.
Other guests on the new series, in which guests reminisce about the struggles they had with their mental health and the strategies they used to cope with it, include Sex Education star George Robinson, Queen guitarist Brian May, TV presenter Gail Porter and cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who made headlines last year with his exposure of racism at his former Yorkshire club.
“We are still figuring out how to tackle [the book]” Robins told BCG in an interview published today. “But it will contain reflections on the conversations we had [on the show].”
About the new series he said: “The first episode is Reverend Richard Coles and it was just a phenomenal conversation. His book, The madness of mourning, is just one of the best books I’ve ever read, about losing your partner and living with your partner’s alcoholism. Wonderful, I could have talked to him forever. I would like him to be my local vicar.”
Previous guests on the show include Paul Sinha, Sally Phillips, Josie Long and Alex Brooker of The Last Leg.
How do you cope? won UK Podcast of the Year at the Broadcasting Guild Awards 2021, while Robins and James’ regular Radio 5 Live show won Gold for Funniest Show at the Aria Awards in 2020
The couple previously wrote the 2018 book The Holy Bible: The Book the Bible Could Have Been“a comprehensive guide to the hilarious and wonderfully obscure world of independent commercial digital radio’s most unproducible hammer legends.”
Elsewhere in the interview, before their taping of a live broadcast at The Show 2022 podcast livewhich also features the My Dad Wrote A Porno team in conversation with journalist Miranda Sawyer, Robins spoke about the reaction he received to a recent a message he posted for the mental health charity’s Mind’s Time To Talk Day campaign.
And he reflected on sharing painful aspects of his personal life on the air.
“It’s impossible not to talk about big things in your private life when it’s part of your conversation, like it is with us,” he said. “It would be impossible to stay in a studio with Elis for 10 years without talking about it. That doesn’t mean it’s not hard. I’d rather not have to do it at times. But what can you do? “
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How do you cope? is available for pre-order now.
Elis James & John Robins – How are you coping?
Based on the hit BBC podcast, Elis James and John Robins share memorable stories, struggles and strategies around mental health, all to answer the question – “How do you cope?”.
The show must continue. What does worry mean? How can we handle the loss? When adversity strikes, what do you do? In their hit BBC podcast, Elis James and John Robins delved into their own personal experiences and those of others to explore a wide range of mental health issues, from anxiety and grief to illness, identity and excluding. Building on these rich conversations, with the help of a team of mental health experts, How do you cope? is a unique exploration of how we overcome daily struggles, as well as the most important challenges, in our lives.
Including expert advice and practical advice from psychologists and counsellors, How do you cope? is an inspiring journey through the front lines of mental health.
First publication: Thursday, February 2, 2023
- Publisher: BBC Books
- Pages: 352
- Catalog: 9781785947674
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