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Welcome to You’re Booked, the podcast for literary nosy parkers who would like the chance to snoop around their favourite authors’ bookshelves. I’m Daisy Buchanan, your Book Inspector, and I’ll be asking our guests all about the first forbidden books they read under the covers, the beloved books they have borrowed, and never given back, and those impressive heavyweight hardbacks that make them look like intellectual giants – even though they couldn’t get beyond the first twenty pages. We’ll also be talking about what makes readers into writers, how our guests became book lovers and their favourite reading memories, all with a dash of intelligence and a dollop of irreverence. Our guests include Dolly Alderton, Nina Stibbe, Nikesh Shukla, and many more favourites from our own bookshelves.

Welcome to You’re Booked, the podcast for literary nosy parkers who would like the chance to snoop around their favourite authors’ bookshelves. I’m Daisy Buchanan, your Book Inspector, and I’ll be asking our guests all about the first forbidden books they read under the covers, the beloved books they have borrowed, and never given back, and those impressive heavyweight hardbacks that make them look like intellectual giants – even though they couldn’t get beyond the first twenty pages. We’ll also be talking about what makes readers into writers, how our guests became book lovers and their favourite reading memories, all with a dash of intelligence and a dollop of irreverence. Our guests include Dolly Alderton, Nina Stibbe, Nikesh Shukla, and many more favourites from our own bookshelves.
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Welcome to You’re Booked, the podcast for literary nosy parkers who would like the chance to snoop around their favourite authors’ bookshelves. I’m Daisy Buchanan, your Book Inspector, and I’ll be asking our guests all about the first forbidden books they read under the covers, the beloved books they have borrowed, and never given back, and those impressive heavyweight hardbacks that make them look like intellectual giants – even though they couldn’t get beyond the first twenty pages. We’ll also be talking about what makes readers into writers, how our guests became book lovers and their favourite reading memories, all with a dash of intelligence and a dollop of irreverence. Our guests include Dolly Alderton, Nina Stibbe, Nikesh Shukla, and many more favourites from our own bookshelves.

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Episodes

15. Sarah Knight

2/18/2019
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In an episode with a slight difference, we meet the multi-million-book bestselling, Marie Kondo of feelings, Sarah Knight. Sarah is the celebrated author of The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k, and changed her life by moving to the Dominican Republic. Sadly we could not afford to go to the Dominican Republic so we caught up with Sarah at Foyles bookshop in London, during her UK tour for her brilliant new book Calm The F**k Down. Sarah discusses discovering talent, her love of...

Duration:00:50:31

14. Sophie Kinsella

2/11/2019
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This week we’re in Central London – home of some of the greatest shops in the world and our guest, the multimillion selling superstar novelist Sophie Kinsella. Sophie is the author of 30 books, including novels, children’s books and her hit Shopaholic series, and she’s as prolific a reader as she is a writer. We talked about PG Wodehouse, Jilly Cooper, sex, jokes, bums and why she ended up buying four copies of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch… BOOKS (CLICK FOR MORE) Sophie Kinsella - Secret...

Duration:00:55:54

13. Lauren Bravo

2/4/2019
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We're venturing deep into East London this week to peruse the library of journalist and author Lauren Bravo. Lauren recently released What Would The Spice Girls Do? a joyous and energetic celebration of girlhood, friendship and pop culture. A wide ranging discussion covered the use of wee in James Joyce, Colin Firth in your pencil case, upsetting Ali Smith and an extraordinarily accurate Psammead impression. BOOKS (CLICK FOR MORE) Daisy Buchanan - The Sisterhood Lauren Bravo - What Would...

Duration:00:58:02

12. Charlie Connelly

1/28/2019
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This week we're travelling to sunny Deal on the Kent coast to peruse the shelving of author, travel writer, sports scribe and broadcaster Charlie Connelly. Charlie has written books on a baffling array of subjects including Elvis, walking, weather and World War I. He is perhaps best known for his glorious book about the Shipping Forecast, Attention All Shipping and he has just released a wonderful book about the magic of radio listening, Last Train To Hilversum. We talked to Charlie about...

Duration:00:54:00

11. Poorna Bell

1/21/2019
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This week, we head to South London to chat to the award winning journalist and author Poorna Bell. Poorna wrote about her story in her acclaimed 2017 memoir, Chase The Rainbow: One Man’s Journey With Mental Health, And The Woman Who Loved Him. She’s quick, clever, extremely funny, a must-follow on Instagram and has a sideboard worthy of envy. And as an added bonus for our beloved You're Booked listeners, you can pre-order Daisy Buchanan's new book The Sisterhood from The Margate Bookshop...

Duration:00:58:00

10. Caroline O'Donoghue

1/7/2019
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We're venturing to glamorous South East London this week to peruse the shelves of author, columnist and podcaster Caroline O'Donoghue. Described as 'timely and vibrant', Caroline's acclaimed debut novel PromisingYoung Women was released in 2018. She writes a weekly column for The Irish Times and fronts two great podcasts: School for Dumb Women and Sentimental Garbage, focusing on chick-lit. We talked to her about writing sex scenes, tarot, fear and the delights of Louise Mensch. BOOKS...

Duration:00:50:18

9. Andy Miller

12/31/2018
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This week we travel to the sunny Kent coast to meet writer, reader, podcaster and Brookner fanatic Andy Miller. Andy is the author of The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life and the co-host of the fantastic and highly informative Backlisted podcast. We were allowed VIP access to his exclusive reading shed where we discussed life-changing books, Dan Brown, Peanuts versus Proust and, of course, Anita Brookner. BOOKS Andy Miller - The Year of Reading...

Duration:01:00:20

8. Nina Stibbe

12/24/2018
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For our very, very special Christmas extravaganza we visit the Cornwall home of the brilliant Nina Stibbe. Nina is the celebrated author of the beloved memoir Love Nina, plus the novels Paradise Lodge and Man at the Helm. Her collection of festive stories An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ideal gift at any time of year. We talked about funny books, Harry Potter, suspect driving instructors and, of course, Adrian Mole. BOOKS (Click on the titles to find out more) Nina Stibbe - Love...

Duration:00:42:06

7. Elizabeth Day

12/17/2018
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We're heading, once more, to leafy, lovely North London to meet the author, journalist and podcast supremo Elizabeth Day. Elizabeth is the author of four novels and will soon release her first memoir, based on her massively successful podcast How To Fail. While snooping around her (small but perfectly formed) flat, we discussed being nosey, literary heroines, EM Forster related tattoos and learning the facts of life from The Thorn Birds. BOOKS (Click on the links for more) Elizabeth Day -...

Duration:00:48:15

6. Nikesh Shukla

12/10/2018
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This week we're in a top secret London interrogation room location with Nikesh Shukla, the author, broadcaster and essayist. His third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny was published to great acclaim this Spring. Nikesh is also the creator and editor of the bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant. We talked to him about childhood reads, early inspirations and literary annoyances (n.b. if you're Jonathan Franzen you might not want to listen to this one). BOOKS Nikesh Shukla - The One...

Duration:00:42:45

5. Lucy Vine

12/3/2018
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This week, we're off to Cambridge, home of some of the greatest scientific minds - and pens - known to human existence. from Charles Darwin to Douglas Adams and this week's guest, romantic comedy writer and zombie lit lover Lucy Vine. Lucy comes from a family of writers, and she tells us about an early run in with Roald Dahl, her surprisingly scatological filing system and her belief that no-one is too grand for Dan Brown. We were also joined by a puppy posse - listen out for Ivy, Teddy and...

Duration:00:38:14

4. Robyn Wilder and Stuart Heritage

11/26/2018
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For episode 4 we're heading to Ashford - the home of the Eurostar, Vic Reeves, Bob Holness and the journalistic power couple Stuart Heritage and Robyn Wilder. Stuart is the author of the brilliantly funny memoir Don't Be a Dick Pete, Robyn writes a weekly parenting column for The Pool and they both host the excellent Naughty Step podcast. We huddled around their kitchen table to discuss comedy cookbooks, Misty comics and upsetting Paul Hollywood. BOOKS Stuart Heritage - Don't Be a Dick...

Duration:00:33:06

3. Sarra Manning

11/19/2018
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It's Muswell Hill for Ep 3, not far from the desks of Alan Bennett, Zadie Smith, and today’s guest Sarra Manning. Sarra is a bestselling, prolific novelist, literary editor of Red, alumni of several top teen mags and one of the most prolific readers around. She told us she got rid of 800 books before our visit, just so we could move freely around her flat. But there were tons of treasure left including a precious collection of rare Noel Streatfeilds, a copy of proto bonkbuster Lace, a...

Duration:00:48:06

2. Cathy Rentzenbrink

11/12/2018
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For Episode 2, we’re off to Falmouth, Cornwall. The Wild West has been inspiring writers for 100s of years, from Du Maurier to DH Lawrence and it’s the home of our very special guest, Cathy Rentzenbrink. Many readers will be familiar with Cathy from her bestselling memoir, The Last Act Of Love and her beautiful book, A Manual For Heartache. So you might not associate Cathy with comedy – but she’s fiercely funny. Her books will make you cry, but her conversation will definitely make you...

Duration:00:46:28

1. Dolly Alderton

11/5/2018
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Episode one takes place in leafy, literary North London, a place that has inspired many Very Important Pens – including those belonging to Virginia Woolf, JG Ballard, and that of our very first guest Dolly Alderton. Dolly, the author of Everything I Know About Love, the co-presenter of chart topping podcast The High Low and the Sunday Times columnist, is a voracious reader. Her book filled flat yielded some serious treasures, with a library featuring names fit to grace the guest list of...

Duration:00:41:26

Welcome to You're Booked

10/16/2018
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Welcome to You're Booked, the podcast for literary nosy parkers. Join your Book Inspector, Daisy Buchanan, as she enters the homes of your favourite authors and snoops around their bookshelves. She'll uncover forbidden reads, books borrowed and never returned, bad reading habits, those embarrassing tomes hidden at the back of the pile and formative literary experiences. Take a listen to a few choice moments from some upcoming episodes featuring Dolly Alderton, Nina Stibbe, Nikesh Shukla...

Duration:00:08:25