You’re Booked

Hosted ByDaisy Buchanan

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.

10. Caroline O’Donoghue

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.


Caroline O’Donoghue – Promising Young Women

Delia Ephron – Hanging Up

Nora Ephron – Scribble Scribble

Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier – Jamaica Inn

Daphne Du Maurier – My Cousin Rachel

Barbara Trapido – Brother of the More Famous Jack

VC Andrews – Flowers in the Attic

VC Andrews – Petals on the Wind

VC Andrews – My Sweet Audrina

Erica Jong – How To Save Your Own Life

Patricia Lockwood – Priestdaddy

Louise Bagshawe -Career Game

Anita Brookner – Hotel Du Lac

Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen – Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling

Priscilla Presley – Elvis and Me

Christopher Dell – The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic

Stacy Schiff – The Witches: Salem, 1692

John Updike – The Witches of Eastwick

Alice Hoffman – Practical Magic

Jessa Crispin – The Creative Tarot

Michelle Tea – Modern Tarot

Diana Mosley – The Pursuit of Laughter

The Mitfords – Letters Between Six Sisters

Germaine Greer – The Boy

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