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.

Richard Ayoade – You’re Booked

This week we are ensconced in the lush, historic offices of Faber and Faber (featuring framed, insulting TS Eliot memos) to talk to the comedian, director and author Richard Ayoade! Richard is globally recognised due to his roles in iconic shows such as The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he’s directed two films (Submarine and The Double) and published three books, all on the theme of film – with his latest being a deep dive into one particular rom-com entitled Ayoade on Top. We talked to him about rom-coms and their deeper resonance on life, good plane reading, PG Wodehouse and the emotional impact of Happy Eaters.


Daisy Buchanan – The Sisterhood

Richard Ayoade – Ayoade on Top

Herman Melville – Moby Dick

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Brothers Karamazov

John Steinbeck – Red Pony

John Steinbeck – The Pearl

John Steinbeck –Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck –East of Eden

John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace

William Leith – Hunger Years

Joe Dunthorne – Submarine

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Double

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Poor Folk

Curtis Sittenfeld – American Wife

PG Wodehouse – Ukridge

PG Wodehouse – The Jeeves Omnibus

PG Wodehouse – The World of Blandings

JD Salinger – Catcher in the Rye

Charles Webb – The Graduate

John Updike – Rabbit Run

Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights

Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar

Iris Murdoch – Under the Net

TS Eliot – The Waste Land

Wallace Shawn – Night Thoughts

Wallace Shawn – Essays

Joseph Conrad – Nostromo

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