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.

19. Christina Patterson

This week we’re in a converted school in London to meet with author, journalist and broadcaster Christina Patterson. Christina’s memoir The Art of Not Falling Apart is a remarkable and moving look at our emotional relationship with work and expectation. As both a book lover and a book reviewer, Christina might hold the record for You’re Booked guest with the largest library. We talked to her about sex, death, poetry and Enid Blyton.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Christina Patterson – The Art of Not Falling Apart

Nick Hornby – How To Be Good

Enid Blyton – Malory Towers

DH Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Jilly Cooper – Imogen

Barbara Trapido – Brother of the More Famous Jack

George Eliot – Middlemarch

Laurence Sterne – Tristram Shandy

Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace

James Joyce – Finnegans Wake

Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina

Elizabeth Strout –Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout – My Name is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout – Olive Kitteridge

Miriam Toews – All My Puny Sorrows

Jonathan Coe – Middle England

Jonathan Coe – The House of Sleep

Jonathan Coe – What a Carve Up

Iris Murdoch – Sacred & Profane Love Machine

Iris Murdoch – The Sea The Sea

Patricia Volk – The Art of Being a Woman

AL Kennedy – The Little Snake

Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook

Doris Lessing – Martha Quest

John Burnside – A Summer of Drowning

John Burnside – The Mercy Boys

John Burnside – The Locust Room

John Burnside – Burning Elvis

Candace Bushnell – Sex and the City

Candace Bushnell – 1 Fifth Avenue

Mary Dearborn –

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