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.

3. Sarra Manning

It’s Muswell Hill for Ep 3, not far from the desks of Alan Bennett, Zadie Smith, and today’s guest Sarra Manning. Sarra is a bestselling, prolific novelist, literary editor of Red, alumni of several top teen mags and one of the most prolific readers around. She told us she got rid of 800 books before our visit, just so we could move freely around her flat. But there were tons of treasure left including a precious collection of rare Noel Streatfeilds, a copy of proto bonkbusterLace, a gorgeous collection of vintageChalet Schools with an origin story that will make you weep, and tales about books she’s bought, borrowed and stolen.


Sarra Manning – Unsticky

Sarra Manning – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

Sarra Manning – Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp

Thackeray – Vanity Fair

Francesca Lia Block – Weetzie Bat

Charles Creed – Maid to Measure

Ginette Spanier – It Isn’t All Mink

Anne Scott-James – In The Mink

Edna Woolman Chase – Always in Vogue

Ernestine Carter – With Tongue in Chic

Sylvia Plath – Bell Jar

JD Salinger – Franny and Zooey

JD Salinger – Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters

William Burroughs – Cities of the Red Night

Jilly Cooper – Harriet

Silwyn Williams – Give Me Back My Pride

Pam Lyons – He Was Bad

Judy Blume – Forever

Judy Blume – Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself

EM Brent Dyer – Gay From China at the Chalet School

EM Brent Dyer – Lavender Laughs at the Chalet School

Jilly Cooper – Imogen

Shirley Conran – Lace

Judith Krantz – Princess Daisy

Judith Krantz – I’ll Take Manhattan

Jilly Cooper – Riders

Judy Blume – Are You There God It’s Me Margaret

Blake Nelson – Girl

Sarra Manning – Guitar Girl

James Salter & Kay Salter – Life Is Meals

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