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.

Alex Wheatle – You’re Booked

This week we are delighted to spend some time with the author, playwright, screenwriter, performer and all-around inspiration Alex Wheatle MBE! Alex’s first book was 1995’s award-winning Brixton Rock and he has followed that with numerous critically acclaimed works for adults, young adults and children with the latest being Cane Warriors. We talked to Alex about the importance of music in his work, being inspired by the Beano, learning to love reading while in prison and the experience of having your life story turned into a film by the Oscar-winning Steve McQueen. You can find the Dialogue Books Black History Month reading list HERE.


Daisy Buchanan – Insatiable

Alex Wheatle – Cane Warriors

CLR James – Black Jacobins

Malcolm X – Autobiography

Alex Haley – Roots

Langston Hughes – Collected Poems

Chester Himes – Rage in Harlem

James Baldwin – Fire Next Time

Mark Twain – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Linton Kwesi Johnson –Selected Poems

Marcia Williams – Baby Mother

Naomi King – OPP

Karline Smith – Moss Side Massive

Courttia Newland – The Scholar

Stephen Thompson – Toy Soldiers

Peter Kalu – Lick Shot

Alex Wheatle – Brixton Rock

Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe

EA Ritter – Shaka Zulu

Alex Wheatle – Liccle Bit

Alex Wheatle – Crongton Knights

Danielle Jawando – And The Stars Were Burning Brightly

Raymond Chandler –Big Sleep

Colleen McCullough – Thorn Birds

Vivien M Goldman –

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