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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.

    Irvine Welsh - You're Booked

    Irvine Welsh - You're Booked

    This week we're delighted to delve into the reading habits of a genuine living legend: Irvine Welsh! Irvine is an acclaimed and frequently controversial novelist, playwright, director screenwriter and short story writer. His first novel was the massively popular Trainspotting (turned into an equally popular film) and he has produced 10 more novels with the latest being The Seal Club, a collaboration with Alan Warner and John King. We talked to him about rereading, music books, the joys of a chunky read, the importance of Evelyn Waugh and how he may have inadvertently killed Waugh's son, Auberon. To learn more or donate to the charity FareShare visit FareShare.org.uk
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting
    Irvine Welsh - Seal Club
    Elizabeth Jane Howard - Cazalet Chronicles
    Alan Warner - Kitchenly 434
    Michel Faber - Crimson Petal and the White
    Don DeLillo - Underworld
    James Joyce - Ulysses
    Alasdair Gray - Lanark
    William Burroughs - Naked Lunch
    Raven Leilani - Luster
    Jenni Fagan - Luckenbooth
    Evelyn Waugh - Decline and Fall
    Evelyn Waugh - Men at Arms
    Penelope Lively - Perfect Happiness
    JT Leroy - Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
    James Frey - A Million Little Pieces
    James Frey - Bright Shiny Morning
    F Scott Fitzgerald - Tender is the Night
    Jenni Fagan - Sunlight Pilgrims
    Mark Lanegan - Sing Backwards and Weep
    Cat Marnell - How To Murder Your Life
    Irvine Welsh - Glue
    Irvine Welsh - Marabou Stork Nightmares
    Irvine Welsh - Skag Boys
    Ned Beauman - Boxer Beetle
     
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    • 52 min
    Nikita Lalwani - You're Booked

    Nikita Lalwani - You're Booked

    This week we are honoured to be talking to the astounding author Nikita Lalwani! Nikita's first book, Gifted, was long-listed for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. Her next novel The Village won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered award. Her latest novel is the breathtaking, You People, which has been widely critically acclaimed. We talked to her about fictional secrets, the power of the single line, literary families and pretending to be Stig of the Dump.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Nikita Lalwani - Gifted
    Nikita Lalwani - You People
    Mary Norton - Borrowers
    Clive King - Stig of the Dump
    Salman Rushdie - Midnight’s Children
    Bharati Mukherjee - Wife
    James Salter - Light Years
    James Salter - Sport and a Pasttime
    James Salter - Life is Meals
    James Salter - Hunters
    James Salter - Last Night
    Doris Lessing - Stories
    Maeve Brennan - Rose Garden
    Mavis Gallant - Stories
    Grace Paley - Stories
    Doris Lessing - Winter in July
    Doris Lessing - Martha Quest
    Tessa Hadley - Bad Dreams
    Tessa Hadley - Late in the Day
    Sue Miller - Monogamy
    Carol Shields - Larry’s Party
    Sonia Faleiro - Good Girls
    Janet Malcolm - Journalist & the Murderer
    Toni Cade Bambara - Gorilla My Love
    Zadie Smith - Intimations
    Sinead Gleeson - Constellations
    Patrick Freyne - Ok Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea
    John Irving - World According To Garp
    Don DeLillo - White Noise
    Tillie Olsen - Tell Me a Riddle
    Darcy O’Brien - A Way of Life Like Any Other
    CS Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia
    Arthur Ransome - Swallows & Amazons
    Enid Blyton - Malory Towers
    Enid Blyton - Enchanted Wood
    Vivek Shanbhag - Ghachar Ghochar
    Zaina Arafat - You Exist Too Much
    Muriel Spark - Far Cry From Kensington
    Mary Wesley - Imaginative Experience
    Pamela Frankau - Wreath For the Enemy
    F Scott Fitzgerald - Great Gatsby
    Zadie Smith - NW
    Anita Brookner - Look At Me
    Anita Brookner - Friend From England
    Andrew O’Hagan - Mayflies
     
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    • 58 min
    Mark Watson - You're Booked

    Mark Watson - You're Booked

    This week we are snuffling around the bookshelves of comedian and author Mark Watson! Mark is a well-known face on British TV, appearing on show such as QI and Taskmaster and he's renowned as an award-winning stand-up. He's also the author of nine books including the graphic novel Dan and Sam, the non-fiction work Crap at the Environment and novels including Eleven, Hotel Alpha and his latest Contacts (which deals with issues surrounding suicide and mental health - if you're affected by this then the Samaritans are always there). We talked to him about loving Agatha Christie, bookshop positioning, reading on planes and why you should never trust a book that features a map. For details on how you can bid to be a guest on You're Booked (and win lots of lovely books) head to Books To Nourish.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Mark Watson - Contacts
    Derren Brown - Happy
    Derren Brown - A Little Happier
    James Smythe - I Still Dream
    Taylor Jenkins Reid - Daisy Jones and the Six
    Sarah Waters - Little Stranger
    Sarah Waters - Fingersmith
    Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
    Agatha Christie - A Murder is Announced
    Richard Powers - The Overstory
    Lucy Ellmann - Ducks, Newburyport
    Ros Barber - Marlowe Papers
    Ann Patchett - State of Wonder
    Ann Patchett - Dutch House
    Jilly Cooper - Between the Covers
    EL Doctorow - Ragtime
    Mohsin Hamid - How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
    Mohsin Hamid - Exit West
    Mohsin Hamid - Reluctant Fundamentalist
    George Orwell - 1984
    Extinction Rebellion - This is Not a Drill
    Jonathan Safran Foer - We Are The Weather
    Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything is Illuminated
    Daphne Du Maurier - Rule Britannia
    David Nicholls - One Day
    Flann O’Brien - Third Policeman
    John Fowles - Magus
    Flann O’Brien - At Swim Two Birds
     
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    • 54 min
    Adam Kay - You're Booked

    Adam Kay - You're Booked

    This week we are in the fine company of writer, performer and former doctor Adam Kay! Adam's first book This is Going To Hurt spent over a year at number one in the bestseller list. It became the bestselling non-fiction title of the decade, the bestselling non-fiction e-book of all time and the winner of four National Book Awards. His next three titles, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, Dear NHS and his new book for children Kay's Anatomy have become instant bestsellers. We talked to Adam about the therapy of reading and writing, bizarre bodily functions, funny books and why you should never read on the toilet.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - How To Be a Grown Up
    Daisy Buchanan - The Sisterhood
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Adam Kay - This is Going To Hurt
    Adam Kay - Kay’s Anatomy
    Adam Kay (Editor) - Dear NHS
    Mark Watson - Contacts
    F Scott Fitzgerald - Great Gatsby
    Alan Bennett - Lady in the Van
    Graham Greene - Brighton Rock
    Victoria Wood - Plays
    Jasper Rees - Victoria Wood: Let's Do It
    Alan Partridge - I, Partridge
    Alan Partridge - Nomad
    Richmal Crompton - Just William
    PG Wodehouse - Jeeves and Wooster
    Elinor Lipman - On Turpentine Lane
    Eric Carle - Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Jonathan Coe - What a Carve Up
    Jonathan Coe - Middle England
    Jonathan Coe - House of Sleep
    Jonathan Coe - Rotter’s Club
    Matthew Walker - Why We Sleep
    Nina Stibbe - Love Nina
    Sue Townsend. - Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
    Norton Juster - Phantom Tollbooth
    Lucy Mangan - Bookworm
    Cathy Rentzenbrink - Dear Reader
    Cathy Rentzenbrink- Last Act of Love
    Cathy Rentzenbrink - Manual for Heartache
    Nick Hornby - How To Be Good
    Zadie Smith - Intimations
    Zadie Smith - White Teeth
    JRR Tolkien - Lord of the Rings
    Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones’s Diary
     
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    • 58 min
    Jeffrey Archer - You're Booked

    Jeffrey Archer - You're Booked

    With around 300 million books sold in 97 countries and translated into 33 languages, who wouldn't want to know about the reading habits and writing tips of Jeffrey Archer? Since writing his first book, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, in 1974, Jeffrey has written nearly 50 titles, the latest being Hidden in Plain Sight, and is the only author to have been number 1 in fiction, non-fiction and short stories. We talked to him about his favourite author, being huge in India, being disappointed by book sales and prison reading.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Jeffrey Archer - Hidden in Plain Sight
    Ian Fleming - Casino Royale
    Amor Towles - Gentleman in Moscow
    Heather Morris - Tattooist of Auschwitz
    Dickens - Tale of Two Cities
    Dickens - Christmas Carol
    Dumas - Count of Monte Cristo
    Dumas - Three Musketeers
    Noel Streatfeild - Ballet Shoes
    Jeffrey Archer - Kane and Abel
    Patrick Freyne - Ok Let's Do Your Stupid Idea
    Jeffrey Archer - Prison Diaries
    James Joyce - Finnegans Wake
    Lampedusa - Leopard
    Jane Austen - Emma
    Agatha Christie - Poirot
    Jeffrey Archer - Clifton Chronicles
    PG Wodehouse - Jeeves
    Alberto Moravia - Woman of Rome
    Siri Hustvedt - What I Loved
    Lissa Evans - V for Victory
    Bill Bryson - The Body
    Stefan Zweig - Beware of Pity
    Jeffrey Archer - Paths of Glory
    Elif Shafak - Three Daughters of Eve 
    Stefan Sweig - Farewell to Europe
    Abi Dare - Girl With the Louding Voice
    Jung Chang - Wild Swans
    Richard Adams - Watership Down
    CS Lewis - Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Roald Dahl - BFG
    Jeffrey Archer - Not a Penny More
     
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    • 55 min
    Alex Wheatle - You're Booked

    Alex Wheatle - You're Booked

    This week we are delighted to spend some time with the author, playwright, screenwriter, performer and all-around inspiration Alex Wheatle MBE! Alex's first book was 1995's award-winning Brixton Rock and he has followed that with numerous critically acclaimed works for adults, young adults and children with the latest being Cane Warriors. We talked to Alex about the importance of music in his work, being inspired by the Beano, learning to love reading while in prison and the experience of having your life story turned into a film by the Oscar-winning Steve McQueen. You can find the Dialogue Books Black History Month reading list HERE.
    BOOKS
    Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable
    Alex Wheatle - Cane Warriors
    CLR James - Black Jacobins
    Malcolm X - Autobiography
    Alex Haley - Roots
    Langston Hughes - Collected Poems
    Chester Himes - Rage in Harlem
    James Baldwin - Fire Next Time
    Mark Twain - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Linton Kwesi Johnson - Selected Poems
    Marcia Williams - Baby Mother
    Naomi King - OPP
    Karline Smith - Moss Side Massive
    Courttia Newland - The Scholar
    Stephen Thompson - Toy Soldiers
    Peter Kalu - Lick Shot
    Alex Wheatle - Brixton Rock
    Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe
    EA Ritter - Shaka Zulu
    Alex Wheatle - Liccle Bit 
    Alex Wheatle - Crongton Knights
    Danielle Jawando - And The Stars Were Burning Brightly
    Raymond Chandler - Big Sleep
    Colleen McCullough - Thorn Birds
    Vivien M Goldman - Book of Exodus
    Marlon James - Brief History of 7 Killings
    Timothy White - Catch a Fire
    Steve McQueen - Small Axe
    Patrice Lawrence - Eight Pieces of Silva
     
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

AmyStL ,

Best podcast for bookshelf snoops

Love to peruse your friends’ bookshelves, both for TBR ideas and for insight into their mindset? Then this podcast is for you. Daisy visits with a range of authors and is an excellent interviewer. She engages the guests and takes the conversations in funny and enjoyable directions. My only quibble is with the production. It would be great if Daisy and her guests had mics. Many times one person is near the mic and the other far enough away that it can be difficult to follow the conversation without cranking up, then cranking down, the volume. However, it’s always a tray when a new episode appears in the feed.

saraht0908 ,

Interesting & perfect for a book worm but hate the music!

This was a wonderful little find, I loved the Elizabeth Day and Dolly Alderton episode and it’s wonderful for recommendations and to find out which of your favorite authors has the best lit taste. The music, however, is terribleeeee. The harpsichord is jarring and makes me think I’m watching some old, creepy, gothic BBC series.

LouiseSh87 ,

Lovely

If you adore books and want to discover some different titles or hear interesting perspectives on some classics, you will love this. Daisy has a nice interview style. The theme music is the only thing I don’t like!

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