Mary Beard – You’re Booked

What a way to start a new series! It’s the author, classicist, broadcaster and bone fide National Treasure Dame Mary Beard. We were lucky enough to speak to Mary during the Jaiphur Literary Festival at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Mary is the author of many books about the ancient world including the global bestsellers Women & Power, SPQR and her latest Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World. We talked to her about ancient Roman jokes, brutal writing advice, fearing fiction and the pros and cons of archaeology.

Daisy will be at Henley Literary Festival in early October and at the Margate Bookie at the end of October. Details of Daisy’s How To Be a Grown Up event with Sarah Knight are available HERE. Find out more about Daisy’s Creative Confidence Substack and her Summer School Writing CourseHERE or email: And sign up for the You’re Booked newsletter by heading to: Find out more about all the books mentioned on the episode by visiting


Daisy Buchanan – Limelight

Daisy Buchanan – How To Be a Grown Up

Mary Beard – Women & Power

Mary Beard – Emperor of Rome

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

Jenny Diski – Stranger on a Train

Robert Graves – I, Claudius

Margaret Drabble – The Millstone

Margaret Drabble – The Garrick Year

Robert Harris – Pompeii

Heinrich Schliemann – Ilios, the City and Country of the Trojans

Lindsey Davis – The Silver Pigs

Mary Renault – The King Must Die

Peter Frankopan – The Silk Road

Kim Gordon, Sinead Gleason (Eds) – This Woman’s Work

Sophocles – Antigone

Mary Beard – Roman Laughter

Seneca the Younger – Apocolocyntosis

Cassius Dio – The Roman History

Tom Holland – Slave of my Thirst

Tom Holland – Rubicon

Gavanndra Hodge -The Consequences of Love

George Orwell – Coming Up For Air

Laura Cumming – On Chapel Sands

Craig Brown – Maam Darling

Curtis Sittenfeld – Rodham

Hilary Clinton – State of Terror

Tacitus – Annals

Prince Harry – Spare

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