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.

12. Charlie Connelly

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 cricket, gothic plagiarists, fighting Ben Fogle and loving Margaret Rutherford.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Charlie Connelly – Last Train to Hilversum

Charlie Connelly – Attention All Shipping

David Seabrook – All The Devils Are Here

James Joyce – Ulysses

John Betjeman – The Best of Betjeman

Nick Hornby – Fever Pitch

Jan Morris – Fifty Years of Europe: An Album

Jan Morris – Conundrum

Jan Morris – In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary

Jan Morris – The Matter of Wales

Bill Naughton – The Goalkeeper’s Revenge

Gordon Boshell – Captain Cobwebb

Gordon Bushell – Captain Cobwebb’s Cowboys

Ronnie Barker – Book of Bathing Beauties

Ronnie Barker – Book of Boudoir Beauties

Leonard De Vries – ‘Orrible Murder

Melatu Uche Okorie – This Hostel Life

Margaret Rutherford – How Pleasant To Know Mr Lear

Margaret Rutherford – Autobiography

Maggie Stredder – The Girl With the Glasses

Alan Stafford – Wilson, Keppel and Betty: Too Naked For The Nazis

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

Various – 65 Great Tales of the Supernatural

Charles Maturin – Melmoth the Wanderer

Sarah Perry – Melmoth

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