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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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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.

    Mel Giedroyc - You're Booked

    Mel Giedroyc - You're Booked

    This week's guest is a full-blown National Treasure. Mel Giedroyc is a versatile presenter, actor and comedian, who formed a formidable comedy partnership with Sue Perkins, hosted the iconic Great British Bake Off and has starred in West End musicals. And now Mel can add novelist to her list of achievements with her critically acclaimed debut The Best Things already topping the charts. We talked to her about her ferocious devotion to Jean Valjean, the funny book she always gives as a gift and the book so scary she'd only read it when other people were in the room.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Mel Giedroyc - The Best Things
    Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind
    Jane Austen - Persuasion
    Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
    Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
    Nigel Planer & Christopher Douglas - I an Actor
    Thomas Harris - Silence of the Lambs
    Robert Goddard - Past Caring
    Robert Goddard - The Fine Art of Invisible Detection
    Alice Thomas Ellis - Unexplained Laughter
    Charles Dickens - Nicholas Nickelby
    Charles Dickens - Bleak House
    Laurie Colwin - Home Cooking
    Laurie Colwin - More Home Cooking
    Laurie Colwin - Happy All The Time
    Elena Ferrante - Lying Life of Adults
    Elena Ferrante - Neapolitan Quartet
    Evelyn Waugh - Vile Bodies
    Lissa Evans - V For Victory
    Mary Wesley - Sensible Life
    Mary Welsley - Camomile Lawn
    Zadie Smith - Swing Time
    Donatella Di Pietrantonio - A Girl Returned
    Dante - Inferno
    Georgia Pritchett - My Mess is a Bit of a Life
    Nina Stibbe - Reasons To Be Cheerful
    Fanny Craddock - Fanny Craddock Invites
     
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    Dean Koontz - You're Booked

    Dean Koontz - You're Booked

    This week's guest may just hold the record for the You're Booked interviewee with the most books sold at a modest 500 million and counting. Dean Koontz's first book, Star Quest, was released in 1968 and since then he's produced over 100 more in a variety of genres. His books have been published in 38 languages and 14 have been New York Times number one bestsellers, with the latest being The Other Emily. We talked to Dean about dogs, self doubt, paperback binges, rereading and always hanging onto hope.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Dean Koontz - Star Quest
    Dean Koontz - The Other Emily
    Kazuo Ishiguro - Klara and the Sun
    Kenneth Grahame - Wind in the Willows
    Dean Koontz - Intensity
    Donald Westlake - The Hot Rock
    James Kirkwood - There Must Be a Pony
    William Goldman - Marathon Man
    William Goldman - The Colour of Light
    William Goldman - Adventures in the Screen Trade
    Eve Babitz - Sex and Rage
    John Fante - Ask the Dust
    John D MacDonald - Cape Fear
    Charles Dickens - Tale of Two Cities
    Kate DiCamillo - Tale of Despereaux
    Kate DiCamillo - Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane 
    Kate DiCamillo - Magician’s Elephant
    Benjamin Moser - Susan Sontag
    Herman Wouk - Caine Mutiny
    Robert Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land
    Ray Bradbury - Collected Stories
    Arthur C Clark - Collected Stories
    Theodore Sturgeon - More Than Human
    Jane Ions - Domestic Bliss and Other Disasters
    David Mitchell - Bone Clocks
    Dean Koontz - From the Corner of his Eye
    Dean Koontz - Watchers
    Jack London - Call of the Wild
    Fred Gipson - Old Yeller
    F Scott Fitzgerald - Great Gatsby
     
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    Patricia Cornwell - You're Booked

    Patricia Cornwell - You're Booked

    This week we are delighted to have a genuine literary legend on the show: Patricia Cornwell! Patricia has sold over 100 million books in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. Her most iconic character is medical examiner Kay Scarpetta who features in Patricia's next novel Autopsy - her latest novel is the space thriller Spin. She has also written non-fiction books concerning the Jack the Ripper case and a cookbook. We talked to her about AI reading lists, Queen Victoria's knickers, what books to take into space and Cleopatra. For more about Daisy's new podcast Daisy is Insatiable click HERE.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Patricia Cornwell - Spin
    Patricia Cornwell - Food To Die For
    Patricia Cornwell - Jack the Ripper
    Stacy Schiff - Cleopatra
    Bettany Hughes - Hemlock Cup
    Gertrude Chandler Warner - Boxcar Children
    Ernest Hemingway - Moveable Feast
    Paul Hendrickson - Hemingway's Boat
    Claire Tomalin - Charles Dickens
    Charles Dickens - Dictionary of the Thames
    Charles Dickens - Dictionary of London
    Charles Dickens - Christmas Carol
    Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist
    Armistead Maupin - Tales of the City
    Tayari Jones - American Marriage
    AN Wilson - Victoria
    Paula Hawkins - Girl On The Train
    TS Eliot - Waste Land
    Ernest Hemingway - Garden of Eden
    Nora Ephron - Heartburn
    Patricia Cornwell - Red Mist
    Elizabeth Jane Howard - Cazalet Chronicles
     
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    Robert Jones, Jr. - You're Booked

    Robert Jones, Jr. - You're Booked

    This week, we know you are going to enjoy this wonderful, nourishing conversation with the author Robert Jones, Jr. Robert's first dazzling novel, The Prophets, is a New York Times bestseller that Marlon James described as "devastating and glorious". As you'll hear, Robert is a wonderful, knowledgable advocate for books, authors and life in general. We talked to him about James Baldwin, Book Brothers, empathy, rereading and Wonder Woman. For more about Daisy's new podcast Daisy is Insatiable click HERE.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Robert Jones Jr - The Prophets
    Mateo Askaripour - Black Buck
    James Baldwin - Here Be Dragons
    James Baldwin - Collected Essays
    Toni Morrison - Sula
    SS Prokofiev - Peter & the Wolf
    Dr Seuss - Cat in the Hat
    Terry McMillan - Mama
    Deesha Philyaw - Secret Lives of Church Ladies
    Maisy Card - These Ghosts are Family
    RO Kwon - The Incendiaries
    William Moulton Marston - Wonder Woman
    Kelly Sue DeConnick - Wonder Woman Historia
    NK Jemisin - Far Sector
    Kiese Laymon - How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
    Kiese Laymon - Heavy
    Kiese Laymon - Long Division
    Morgan Parker - There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
    Kola Boof - Sexy Part of the Bible
    Gayl Jones - Corregidora
    Gayl Jones - Healing
    NK Jemisin - City We Became
    Raven Leilani - Luster
    Brit Bennett - Vanishing Half
    Kiley Reid - Such a Fun Age
    Ocean Vuong - On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
    Elizabeth Gilbert - Big Magic 
    Chloe Benjamin - Immortalists
    Tayari Jones - An American Marriage
    Tayari Jones - Silver Sparrow
    De'Shawn Charles Winslow - In West Mills
    Maurice Carlos Ruffin - We Cast a Shadow
    Brandon Taylor - Real Life
    Bryan Washington - Memorial
     
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    Naoise Dolan - You're Booked

    Naoise Dolan - You're Booked

    This week we are delighted to welcome the author of our of our favourite books in recent times, Naoise Dolan. Naoise's debut novel was the critically acclaimed Exciting Times, shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award. We talked to her about memorable book deaths, the literary allure of London, Zadie Smith and sneaking sexy books. For more about Daisy's new podcast Daisy is Insatiable head HERE.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Naoise Dolan - Exciting Times
    Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
    LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables
    Brandon Taylor - Real Life
    Raven Leilani - Luster
    Anne Enright - Actress
    Maeve Binchy - Light a Penny Candle
    Patricia Scanlon - Divided Loyalties
    Marian Keyes - Sushi for Beginners
    Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting
    Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime & Punishment
    George Eliot - Mill on the Floss
    Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure
    Laurie Colwin - Home Cooking
    Laurie Colwin - Happy All the Time
    Katherine Heiny - Standard Deviation
    Katherine Heiny - Early Morning Riser
    Zadie Smith - On Beauty
    Zadie Smith - Swing Time
    Elena Ferrante - Neapolitan Quartet
    Zadie Smith - NW
    Caleb Azumah Nelson - Open Water
    Brian Friel - Philadelphia Here I Come
    Nicole Flattery - Show Them a Good Time
    Molly Aitken - Island Child
    Roisin Kiberd - Disconnect
    Michelle Gallen - Big Girl Small Town
    Patrick Freyne - Ok Let's Do Your Stupid Idea
    Sinead Gleeson - Art of the Glimpse
    Camilla Pang - Explaining Humans
    Sayaka Murata - Earthlings
    Sayaka Murata - Convenience Store Woman
     
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    Jill Mansell - You're Booked

    Jill Mansell - You're Booked

    It's the turn of one of our absolute heroes to get the Book Inspector treatment this week - the majestic Jill Mansell! Jill is the author of OVER 20 Sunday Times bestsellers, has sold millions of books and won numerous awards during her glittering career. Her latest is the wonderful And Now You're Back. We talked to her about rereading (and not rereading), Jilly Cooper, the genius of Marian Keyes and the dangers of reading online evaluations of your work. For more about Daisy's new podcast Daisy is Insatiable head HERE.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Jill Mansell - Head Over Heels
    Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House on the Prairie
    Susan Howatch - Penmarric
    PD James - Cover Her Face
    Jilly Cooper - Rivals
    Jilly Cooper - Between the Covers
    Jilly Cooper - Riders
    Jilly Cooper - Imogen
    Jilly Cooper - Harriet
    Jill Mansell - Fast Friends
    Jill Mansell - Two’s Company
    Kate Quinn - Alice Network
    Kate Quinn - Huntress
    Kate Quinn - Rose Code
    Gillian McAllister - How To Disappear
    Jill Mansell - And Now You’re Back
    Deborah Davis - Party of the Century
    Raven Leilani - Luster
    Helene Hanff - 84 Charing Cross Road
    Lissa Evans - V For Victory
    Mary Wesley - Camomile Lawn
    Jilly Cooper - Common Years
    Nicky Haslam - Impatient Pen
    Jerrard Tickell - Odette
    Judith Kerr - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
    Jasper Rees - Victoria Wood: Let’s Do It
    Erin Carlson - I’ll Have What She’s Having
    Erin Carlson - Queen Meryl
    Eloisa James - Paris In Love
    Julia Quinn - Bridgerton
    Jane Austen - Sense & Sensibility
    Jane Austen - Pride & Prejudice
    Emma Thompson - Sense & Sensibility Diaries
    Marian Keyes - Rachel’s Holiday
    Daphne Du Maurier - Rebecca
    Will Young - Funny Peculiar
    Lisa Jewell - Invisible Girl
    Lisa Jewell - Ralph’s Party
    Lisa Jewell - One Hit Wonder
    Sue Townsend - Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
    Lucy Adlington - Red Ribbon
    Ruth Druart - While Paris Slept
     
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