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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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World Book Day: No Rules Reading

Happy World Book Day! To celebrate, here's an essay Daisy wrote while working on her Pound Project book Burn Before Reading. It's about the joy and redemption associated with reading. How reading can help us understand each other and overcome difficult times. Why reading should have no rules, no judgement and no boundaries. It's there to be absorbed and relished. Enjoy!You can read the full essay on the You're Booked newsletter. Sign up by heading to: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/2/20238 minutes, 43 seconds
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BONUS: Daisy's New Book & Competition News!

We have very special and incredibly exciting news for all You're Booked listeners. Daisy's new book Limelight will be published on June 1st by Sphere. Limelight is a story about sisterhood, sexuality, and self-esteem. It's about how we cope with living in a world which constantly tells us who we are. What happens when we stop listening and start paying attention to who we need to become? You're Booked listeners can be the very first to hear an extract from Daisy's new book and also find out how to win the chance to appear as a guest on the podcast! That's right, you could be on You're Booked! Just pre-order Limelight from for a chance to win. Listen to this special bonus episode to hear all the details and good luck! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/26/20237 minutes, 28 seconds
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BONUS: Daisy is Careering with Ashley Audrain

As an extra pre-Christmas treat - here's the latest episode of Daisy is Careering with the bestselling author of The Push, Ashley Audrain!In this episode we speak to international bestselling author of The Push Ashley Audrain. We talk about how our family's attitudes to work and money have a dramatic impact on our own, and how many of us push our dreams aside while we try to build ourselves a safety net. Ashley generously shares information about her own career path. She talks about how writing was and is her ultimate dream job, and how easy it is for us all to make compromises that serve our anxiety – until playing it safe becomes dangerous . . . Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/5/202254 minutes, 36 seconds
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We're back! Plus exciting news!

You're Booked is back! And this series is jam-packed with fabulous, unbelievable guests. And as a special treat, here's a sneak peek at just a few of them. Meg Mason discusses a surprising book that helped inform her writing style. Lucy Foley reveals the role that bonkbusters played in her life. And Andrew Sean Greer talks about funny books from childhood. Plus Daisy reveals the exciting details of her new book project. In Burn Before Reading, she explores the writers who have helped her through the toughest mental periods of her life and offers expert tips on how to cultivate your own reading habit. It's a must-read for all book lovers. BUT it is only available to order until September 27th - so head to The Pound Project to grab your copy now. CLICK HERE to get yours. You're Booked returns on September 26th with the wonderful Andrew Sean Greer. It's a conversation you won't want to miss. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
9/18/20228 minutes, 55 seconds
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You're Booked Presents: Daisy is Careering

You're Booked is very proud to present Daisy's brand new podcast: Daisy is Careering. In Daisy is Careering, journalist and author Daisy Buchanan will be looking at one of the most complicated relationships of our lives: work. We all want to find jobs that we love, but what happens when we start to realise they are never going to love us back? How much of ourselves should we bring to our careers? What can we do when our ambition makes us feel anxious? Is there such a thing as a 'dream job'? In a series of intimate and revealing conversations, Daisy will ask her guests to explore how they navigate the highs and lows of their working lives, and how we can all survive and thrive, while making sure our professional passion doesn't turn into a bad romance. The first episode features the brilliant Emma Gannon and upcoming guests include Otegha Uwagba, Kat Brown, Natalie Lee, Bryony Gordon and many more!Find out more here: on Apple podcasts: on Spotify: podcast accompanies Daisy's latest novel, Careering.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/10/20229 minutes, 41 seconds
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You're Booked Presents: Daisy is Insatiable

You're Booked is very proud to present Daisy's brand new podcast: Daisy is Insatiable. Daisy is Insatiable is an intimate look at love, lust, life, and everything that makes sex fascinating. Why do we yearn for romance? How can we feel confident when it comes to our body image hang ups? What is the difference between sex and love? What happens when money gets involved? Each week, Daisy will be sharing a revealing conversation with a different guest - it's going to be fun, it's going to be explicit, and no-one is getting left in the dark. The first episode features a frank and funny conversation with writer and broadcaster Dolly Alderton. Listen out for future episodes with Paul Mendez, Andi Osho, Shahroo Izadi and many more...Subscribe to Daisy is Insatiable on Acast: podcast accompanies the launch of Daisy’s debut novel – Insatiable, which has been receiving rave reviews. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2/16/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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You're Booked Presents: Broccoli Book Club

Before the new season of You're Booked starts in a couple of weeks, we wanted to pop into your feed and tell you about a brand new podcast that book lovers are sure to enjoy. Broccoli Book Club is the first of its kind podcast, an interactive book club exploring works from some of the most savvy and talented authors, on a wide variety of fascinating topics. As well as discussing particular titles with a panel of experts, the show also invites listeners to join in the discussion plus there’ll be a conversation with the author of each book. Here’s a preview of the Broccoli Book Club’s first episode, discussing Laura Dockrill’s powerful memoir, What Have I Done? with award wining journalist Freddy McConnell, the CCO of Broccoli Tony Phillips and host of the Book Club Diyora Shadijanova. Search for Broccoli Book Club wherever you get your podcasts, visit @BroccoliContent on social media and join the Facebook group to get involved with the conversation. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/7/20219 minutes, 31 seconds
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Gavanndra Hodge - Shelf Isolation

This week we are Shelf Isolating with the journalist, columnist and author Gavanndra Hodge! Gavanndra has worked in newspapers and magazines for over twenty years at publications such as Tatler, Sunday Times, Independent and ES Magazine. Her memoir, The Consequences of Love, has received widespread critical acclaim. We talked to her about rereading, food in books, Lace and being led astray by the Chalet School books.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - SisterhoodDaisy Buchanan - InsatiableGavanndra Hodge - Consequences of LoveVladimir Nabokov - Speak MemorySybille Bedford - JigsawElinor M. Brent-Dyer - Chalet SchoolJRR Tolkien - Lord of the RingsVirgil - AenidElizabeth Jane Howard - Cazalet ChroniclesRose Macaulay - Towers of TrebizondDiana Henry - How To Eat a PeachAnbara Salam - BelladonnaBarbara Trapido - Frankie and StankieBarbara Trapido - Brother of the More Famous JackDeborah Levy - Swimming HomeAli Smith - How To Be BothCathy Rentzenbrink - Dear ReaderCathy Rentzenbrink - Last Act of LoveJustine Picardie - If the Spirit Moves YouJK Rowling - Harry PotterSophie Heawood - Hungover GamesUrsula Le Guin - The DispossessedDaniel Kehlmann - TyllShirley Conran - Lace Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
6/24/202048 minutes, 49 seconds
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Sali Hughes - Shelf Isolation

We're still stuck at home and Shelf Isolating this week - but we have a fabulous guest to share all that isolation with: Sali Hughes! Sali is a podcast host, broadcaster, Guardian Weekend's resident beauty expert and the author of the books Pretty Honest, Pretty Iconic and Our Rainbow Queen. We talked to her about the great Nora Ephron, the joy of reading about parties, fraternal favourites and the best literary families. Head to Instagram and search for #BlackOutBestSellerList to find out more about the campaign.BOOKSAbi Daré - Girl With the Louding VoiceAngela Makholwa - Blessed GirlSali Hughes - Pretty HonestSali Hughes - Pretty IconicSali Hughes - Our Rainbow Queen Nora Ephron - HeartburnLaurie Colwin - Happy All the TimeAndrew Sean Greer - LessPhyllis Grant - Everything is Under ControlNora Ephron - Scribble ScribbleDelia Ephron - Hanging UpNoras Ephron - Wallflower at the OrgyJohn Irving - Hotel New HampshireLouisa May Alcott - Little WomenJeffrey Eugenides - Virgin SuicidesMario Puzo - The GodfatherGordon Burn - Somebody's Husband, Somebody's SonTruman Capote - In Cold BloodTara Westover - EducatedLeah Remini - TroublemakerBeau Donelly, Nick Toscano - Woman Who Fooled The WorldDarren Coffield - Tales From the Colony RoomGreg Sestero - Disaster ArtistAndre Leon Talley - Chiffon TrenchesTerri White - Coming UndoneCathy Rentzenbrink - Dear ReaderArmistead Maupin - Maybe the MoonArmistead Maupin - Night ListenerDeborah Davis - Party of the Century Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
6/17/202033 minutes, 11 seconds
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Sarra Manning - Shelf Isolation

We couldn't be happier to be Shelf Isolating with this week's guest - author, journalist and all around book guru Sarra Manning! Sarra is one of our favourite people on the planet as well as a brilliant former guest who has impeccable book taste. We talked to her about foisting favourite books, rigorous rereading, investigating the aristocracy and there are many, many book recommendations.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - SisterhoodSarra Manning - Rescue MeAnne de Courcy - Debs at WarAnne de Courcy - Viceroy’s daughtersNicolas Coleridge - Glossy YearsPG Wodehouse - Indiscretions of ArchieBarbara Pym - Jane and PrudenceDorothy Whipple - They Were SistersElizabeth Jane Howard - Cazalet ChroniclesEM Delafield - Diary of a Provincial LadySusie Steiner - Missing PresumedJane Casey - The BurningLouise Cavendish - Our HousePenny Vincenzi - No AngelRC Sherriff - Fortnight in SeptemberAngela Thirkell - Before LunchVictoria Wood - ChunkyKiley Reid - Such a Fun AgeCathy Rentzenbrink - Dear ReaderSara Davidson - Loose ChangeLisa Taddeo - Three WomenCathleen Schine - GrammariansVirginia Andrews - Flowers in the AtticJane Oliver - Business as UsualNoel Streatfeild - Ballet ShoesEva Ibbotson - Morning GiftEva Ibbotson - Secret CountessGeorgette Heyer - Regency BuckLM Montgomery - Blue CastleNoel Streatfeild - Vicarage FamilyArtemis Cooper - Elizabeth DavidHannah Tovey - Education of Ivy EdwardsSarra Manning - UnstickyMarian Keyes - Rachel's HolidayMarian Keyes - Grown UpsHolly Bourne - PretendingSarra Manning - You Don’t Have To Say you Love MeSarra Manning - Let’s Get LostSarra Manning - Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
6/10/202041 minutes, 17 seconds
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Clare Mackintosh - Shelf Isolation

It's another Shelf Isolation bonus episode this week, where we peruse the bookshelves of a favourite author from a safe distance. This week it's a ridiculously entertaining chat with the wonderful Clare Mackintosh. Clare is the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of ILet You Go, Let Me Lie and her latest After The End. We talked to her about providing a retirement home for books, her secret library, Just William and who, from books, she'd hate to be locked down with.PLEASE GIVE:Minnesota Freedom FundStop Hate UKRachel Cargell's Great UnlearnBOOKSLayla F Saad - Me & White SupremacyClare Mackintosh - I Let You GoClare Mackintosh - After The EndKate Elizabeth Russell - My Dark VanessaJodi Picoult - Small Great ThingsJodi Picoult - A Spark of LightJilly Cooper - ImogenEleanor H. Porter - PollyannaSusan Coolidge - What Katy DidGeorge & Weedon Grossmith - Diary of a NobodyRichmal Crompton - William Carries OnHV Morton - Traveller in RomeEdward Lear - Complete NonsenseKate Atkinson - Life After LifeNikesh Shukla (ed) - Good ImmigrantJasbinder Bilan - Asha & the Spirit BirdArthur Ransome - Swallows and AmazonsSally Rooney - Normal PeopleHelen Fielding - Bridget Jones’s DiarySue Townsend - Secret Diary of Adrian MoleGeorge Orwell - Down and Out in Paris and LondonMark Haddon - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeJames Goodhand - Last LessonAA Dhand - Darkness RisingJohn Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
6/3/202043 minutes
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Louise Doughty - Shelf Isolation

We are still somewhat locked down this week, but rather than binge watching old episodes of Keeping Up Appearances we are talking to out nearest and dearest about literary life in quarantine. This week it's the mega-selling author and critic Louise Doughty! Louise is the author of nine novels, with her most recent being Platform Seven. Her previous book, Black Water, was a New York Times Notable Book and Apple Tree Yard was adapted into a successful TV series starring Emily Watson. We talked to her about which character she'd like to be in lockdown with, Ursula Le Guin and holidaying vicariously via books.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - The SisterhoodDaisy Buchanan - InsatiableLouise Doughty - Platform SevenLouise Doughty - Whatever You LoveHillary Mantel - Mirror and the LightSandra Horley - Power And Control: Why Charming Men Can Make Dangerous LoversAlice Jolly - Dead Babies and Seaside TownsGavanndra Hodge - Consequences of LoveStephanie Scott - What’s Left of Me Is YoursPolly Samson - Theatre for DreamersUrsula Le Guin - Wizard of EarthseaUrsula Le Guin - Left Hand of DarknessCS Lewis - The Lion the Witch and the WardrobeCeleste Ng - Little Fires EverywhereToni Morrison - BelovedAlice Walker - The Colour PurpleRalph Ellison - Invisible ManChinua Achebe - Things Fall ApartChimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow SonLouise Doughty - Apple Tree YardLouise Doughty - Stone CradleAmanda Craig - The Golden RuleMichael Arditti - The AnointedPaul Mendez - Rainbow MilkGuinevere Glasfurd - The Year Without Summer Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
5/27/202026 minutes, 18 seconds
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Lauren Bravo - Shelf Isolation

We are Shelf Isolating once again this week, where we talk to some of our favourite former guests, friends of the YB family and people we adore about how books and reading are helping them get through the lockdown. This week's guest falls into all three categories as we pay a return visit to journalist and author Lauren Bravo! Lauren is the author of How to Break Up with Fast Fashion and What Would the Spice Girls Do? We talked to her about her funniest ever reads, cookery books as fiction, the genius of Barbara Trapido and YA comfort reads.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - The SisterhoodDaisy Buchanan - InsatiableLauren Bravo - How To Break Up With Fast FashionLauren Bravo - What Would The Spice Girls DoKiley Reid - Such a Fun AgeJean Ure - Jo in the MiddleJaqueline Wilson - Girls in TearsJaqueline Wilson - Girls Out LateJaqueline Wilson - Story of Tracey BeakerJaqueline Wilson - Suitcase KidBarbara Trapido - Brother of the More Famous JackMarian Keyes - Other Side of the StoryMarian Keyes - Last Chance SaloonBill Bryson - Notes From a Big CountryEM Delafield - Diary of a Provincial LadyGeorge and Weedon Grossmith - Diary of a NobodyLauren Bravo - Litmus Test BooksMary Wesley - An Imaginative ExperienceMary Wesley - Camomile LawnLaura Goodman - CarbsAnna Jones - A Modern Cook’s YearDavid Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One DayOttessa Moshfegh - Year of Rest and RelaxationMary Norton - BorrowersElizabeth Strout - Olive KitteridgeNina Stibbe - Man at the HelmNina Stibbe - Reasons to be CheerfulHilary McKay - The ExilesHilary McKay - The Exiles at HomeWilliam Golding - Lord of the FliesLisa Owens - Not WorkingAnthony Buckeridge - Jennings at LargePatrick Hamilton - Hangover SquareEvelyn Waugh - Vile BodiesEvelyn Waugh - Decline and Fall Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
5/13/202035 minutes, 14 seconds
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Sara Pascoe - Shelf Isolation

As the current situation is keeping us away from people's bookshelves (and people in general) we're launching a You're Booked mini spin off called Shelf Isolation where we talk to (remotely) some of our beloved former guests, friends of the YB family and people we adore about how books and reading are helping them get through the lockdown. And we couldn't be happier with our first guest! It's the amazing stand-up, author, actor and all around inspiration Sara Pascoe. Sara is one of the most heralded comedians working today and the immensely talented author of the books Animal and Sex Power Money. We talked to her about reading habits during quarantine, big lies involving hamsters, unspeakable acts committed against libraries and the saddest book she has ever read.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - The SisterhoodDaisy Buchanan - InsatiableSara Pascoe - AnimalSara Pascoe - Sex Money PowerBernadine Evaristo - Girl Woman OtherAnbara Salam - BelladonnaHilary Mantel - The Mirror and the LightLynne Reid Banks - I HoudiniKathy Reichs - The Bone CollectionRobert Sapolsky - BehaveHarriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom’s CabinJeanine Cummins - American DirtDH Lawrence - Lady Chatterley’s LoverKate Elizabeth Russell - My Dark VanessaLisa Taddeo - Three WomenAlissa Nutting - TamperSally Rooney - Normal PeopleGraham Greene - End of the AffairAndrew Sean Greer - LessJane Austen - Pride and PrejudiceDodie Smith - I Capture The CastleLouisa May Alcott - Little WomenHaruki Murakami - Norwegian WoodJackie Collins - The StudJD Salinger - Catcher in the RyeHanya Yanagihara - A Little LifeNoel Streatfeild - Ballet ShoesGeorge Orwell - Keep The Aspidistra FlyingTruman Capote - Breakfast at TiffanysSarra Manning - UnstickyMarian Keyes - Grown Ups Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
5/6/202043 minutes, 37 seconds
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BONUS: The Sisterhood: The Christmas Chapter

As a Christmas treat, here's the Christmas chapter from The Sisterhood by Daisy Buchanan, published by Headline and now available as an audiobook from Audible. Imagine living between the pages of Pride And Prejudice, in the Bennett household. Now, imagine how the Bennett girls as they'd be in the 21st century - looking like the Kardashian sisters, but behaving like the Simpsons. This is the house Daisy Buchanan grew up in. The Sisterhood explores what it's like to live as a modern woman by examining some examples close to home - her adored and infuriating sisters. As Daisy states: "'My five sisters are the only women I would ever kill for. And they are the only women I have ever wanted to kill." And at Christmas, family traditions, and family tensions, are exposed. Get ready for fairy dresses, ghost stories, cosy planning and very bad, gift-related, behaviour. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/24/201915 minutes, 55 seconds
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Dolly Alderton, Ayisha Malik, Lissa Evans - You're Booked Christmas Special!

Merry Christmas! And welcome to the You're Booked Christmas extravaganza live from the fabulous Allbright Members Club in London's glamorous Mayfair. We are joined by two former (and one upcoming) You're Booked guests - High Low podcast legend and author of Everything I Know About Love Dolly Alderton, author of This Green and Pleasant Land and the Sofia Khan novels Ayisha Malik and author of Old Baggage and Their Finest Hour and a Half Lissa Evans. They discussed cosy Christmas reads, festive meals in favourite books and Rod Stewart's many turkeys.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - The SisterhoodDolly Alderton - Everything I Know About LoveAyisha Malik - This Green and Pleasant LandLissa Evans - Old BaggageLissa Evans - Wed WabbitLissa Evans - Their Finest Hour and a HalfKenneth Williams - DiariesLouisa May Alcott - Little WomenJK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanApsley Cherry-Garrard - Worst Journey in the WorldAnnie Proulx - Shipping NewsRod Stewart - AutobiographyAlison Uttley - A Country ChildNancy Parent - Disney's Storybook CollectionJean Webster - Daddy Long LegsWilliam Boyd - Any Human HeartSusan Cain - QuietJL Carr - A Month in the CountryJoyce Lankester Brisley - Milly Molly MandySarah Chauncey Woolsey - What Katy Did at SchoolHelen Fielding - Bridget Jones’s DiaryNina Stibbe - Almost Perfect ChristmasStephen King - 22/11/63Kathy Lette - How To Kill Your HusbandDavid Nicholls - One DayAJ Pearce - Dear Mrs BirdStella Gibbons - Cold Comfort FarmMarilynne Robinson - GileadPL Travers - Mary PoppinsJane Austen - Mansfield ParkGeorge Saunders - Lincoln in the BardoDavid Sedaris - Santaland DiariesMarcel Proust - Remembrance of Things PastMargaret Atwood - Handmaid’s TaleMargaret Atwood - The TestamentsBernadine Evaristo - Girl, Woman, OtherJames Joyce - UlyssesHilary Mantel - Mirror and the LightHilary Mantel - Wolf HallTaylor Jenkins Reid - Daisy Jones and the SixAnita Brookner - Hotel Du LacAnita Brookner - Look At MeBarbara Pym - Excellent WomenLiane Moriarty - Big Little LiesRoger Deakin - WaterloggedLemn Sissay - My Name is WhyLucia Berlin - Manual For Cleaning WomenDale Shaw - Painfully British Haikus Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/16/201959 minutes, 13 seconds