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.

6. Nikesh Shukla

This week we’re in a top secret London interrogation room location with Nikesh Shukla, the author, broadcaster and essayist. His third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny was published to great acclaim this Spring. Nikesh is also the creator and editor of the bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant. We talked to him about childhood reads, early inspirations and literary annoyances (n.b. if you’re Jonathan Franzen you might not want to listen to this one).


Nikesh Shukla – The One Who Wrote Destiny

Nikesh Shukla (ed) – The Good Immigrant

Nikesh Shukla – Run Riot

Nikesh Shukla – Meat Space

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment

Sue Townsend – Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Aidan McFarlane, Ann McPherson – The Diary of a Teenage Health Freak

Gary Paulsen – Hatchet

Hanif Kureishi – The Buddha of Suburbia

Charles Dickens – Bleak House

Jonathan Franzen – Freedom

Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question

Howard Jacobson – Zoo Time

James Ellroy – Dudley Smith Trio

AL Kennedy – The Little Snake

Harper Lee – Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird

Hari Kunzru – White Tears

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie – The Wicked + The Divine

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