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.

Jess Phillips – You’re Booked

This week we are heading to beautiful Birmingham and visiting the home of politician, author and feminist superstar Jess Phillips! Jess is the MP for Birmingham Yardley, previously worked for Women’s Aid and continues to campaign for equality and recognition on a vast array of issues. She’s also the author of two books: Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth and Truth to Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on B.S. We talked to Jess about her adoration of Sue Townsend, misleading English lessons and the problems connected to buying books in the middle of the night.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Jess Phillips – Everywoman

Jess Phillips – Truth to Power

Douglas Coupland – All Families Are Psychotic

Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace

Margaret Atwood – The Testaments

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

Sue Townsend – Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

Sue Townsend – The Queen and I

George Orwell – 1984

Roald Dahl – The Twits

Roald Dahl – Danny the Champion of the World

Roald Dahl – The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Roald Dahl – Boy

Roald Dahl – George’s Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl – Matilda

Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Philip Pullman – Amber Spyglass

L. Frank Baum – The Wizard of Oz

PL Travers – Mary Poppins

Judy Blume – Forever

Judy Blume – Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself

Salman Rushdie – Satanic Verses

Madonna – Sex

DH Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Ada Calhoun – Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give

Caitlin Moran – How To Be a Woman

John Le Carre – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

John Le Carre – Constant Gardener

Sally Rooney – Normal People

Caitlin Moran – How To Be Famous

Anna Hope – Expectation

Marian Keyes – Sushi For Beginners

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