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.

27. Helen Lederer

This week we’re travelling to leafy South London and visiting the glorious home of comedy legend Helen Lederer. Helen is probably best known as a trailblazing stand-up comedian and actress, appearing in such iconic shows as Absolutely Fabulous, Bottom, Girls on Top and Naked Video. But she is also a celebrated novelist and humour writer with her book Losing It nominated for the P. G. Wodehouse Comedy Literary prize. She also founded her own comedy prize CWIP – Comedy Women in Print. We talked to Helen about breasts in 1970s literature, the Four Marys, embarrassing teenage diaries and the power of funny women.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Nina Stibbe – Reasons To Be Cheerful

Nina Stibbe – Love Nina

Helen Lederer – Losing It

Muriel Spark – The Driver’s Seat

Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

EM Delafield – Diary of a Provincial Lady

Leslie Thomas – Tropic of Ruislip

Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary

Susan Jeffers – Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Charlotte Mendelson – When We Were Bad

Melissa Broder – The Pisces

Annabelle Gurwitch- I See You Made an Effort

Noel Streatfeild – The Circus is Coming

Arianna Huffington – Thrive

Laurie Graham – Life According to Lubka

Laurie Graham – Mr Starlight

Laurie Graham – Gone With The Windsors

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

Lydia Davis – Can’t and Won’t

Helen Lederer – Coping

Jane Asher – Easy Entertaining

Enid Blyton – Malory Towers In the Fifth

Laurence Olivier – Confessions of an Actor

Helen Lederer – Single Minding

DC Thomson – The Best of Jackie

Sofie Hagan – Happy Fat

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