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.

Kate Williams – You’re Booked (Live at Henley Lit Fest)

This week we’re travelling to lovely, leafy Henley-on-Thames (home of the great Bell Bookshop) for a very special episode live from the Henley Lit Fest, specifically the grand confines of the Town Hall. This week’s guest is the historian, novelist, TV presenter and Celebrity Mastermind champion Professor Kate Williams! Kate has written four novels and nine history books and, as you will hear, has many more in the pipeline. We talked to her about erotic deaths, reading addictions, time travel and light library fraud.

This episode is brought to you by Curzon Cinemas new film Non-Fiction.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Dale Shaw – Painfully British Haikus

Kate Williams – Rival Queens

Judy Blume – Forever

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

Samuel Richardson – Clarissa

Samuel Richardson – Pamela

Sarah Moss – Ghost Wall

Cao Xueqin – Story of the Stone

Murasaki Shikibu – Tale of Genji

Margaret Atwood – The Testaments

Elif Shafak – 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Lucy Ellmann – Ducks, Newburyport

Eliza Haywood – Fantomina

Eve Garnett – Family From One End Street

Diana Wynne Jones – Chrestomanci

Eleanor H. Porter – Pollyanna

Agatha Christie – Murder is Easy

Agatha Christie – Caribbean Mystery

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

Kate Williams – England’s Mistress

Kate Williams – Becoming Queen

Kate Williams – Josephine

Kate Williams – Young Elizabeth

Kate Williams – Pleasures of Men

Kate Williams – Storms of War

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