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.

28. Elif Shafak

We’re back in leafy London this week and visiting the beautiful home (including glorious bookshelves with a library ladder that made us green with envy) of Elif Shafak. Elif is a celebrated and award-winningnovelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve. Her latest book is the critically acclaimed 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World. Elif is also an activist advocating for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech. We talked to her about baklava, politics, Death Metal and stationery obsessions.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Elif Shafak – 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Elif Shafak – Three Daughters of Eve

Marco Pierre White – The Devil in the Kitchen

Samin Nosrat – Salt Fat Acid Heat

Jason Goodwin – Yashim Cooks Istanbul

Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities

Virginia Woolf – Orlando

Rowan Coleman – We Are All Made of Stars

Elena Ferrante – My Brilliant Friend

Thomas Page McBee – Amateur

Elif Shafak – Honour

Donna Tartt – The Secret History

Esquire – Oral History of Bennington

Bret Easton Ellis – Rules of Attraction

David Sedaris – Calypso

Laura Esquivel – Like Water For Chocolate

Rumi – Selected Poems

Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall

Matthew Sperling – Astroturf

Ottessa Moshfegh – My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Sarah Krasnostein – The Trauma Cleaner

Will Eaves – Murmur

Cervantes – Don Quixote

Marian Keyes – The Break

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