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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 al ...
 
In this podcast series, author and journalist Dolly Alderton will be talking to guests about their most defining relationships: the passion, heartbreak, longing, familiarity and fondness that have formed who they are. The podcast is being released to tie-in with Dolly Alderton’s debut book, Everything I Know About Love which is out now in paperback with a brand new chapter: Everything I Know At Thirty. Dolly Alderton is an award winning journalist and bestselling author. She has a column in ...
 
Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Daisy is Insatiable is an intimate look at love, lust, life, and everything that makes sex fascinating. Why do we yearn for romance? How can we feel confident when it comes to our body image hang ups? What is the difference between sex and love? What happens when money gets involved? Each week, Daisy will be sharing a revealing conversation with a different guest - it's going to be fun, it's going to be explicit, and no-one is getting left in the dark. The podcast accompanies the launch of D ...
 
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In this special live recording at The London Palladium, Dolly Alderton speaks to award-winning actor and writer Stanley Tucci to discuss his new food memoir, Taste: My Life Through Food. Stanley speaks passionately about food, and shares with Dolly the ways in which it’s been inextricably intertwined with his life. He recalls early memories of TV c…
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers joins Nihal Arthanayake to discuss his thirteenth novel, ‘Bewilderment’. Using objects like Bach’s Goldberg Variation 18, an unsmoked hickory nut, and a petrified piece of redwood, Powers transport us to his home in the Great Smoky Mountains, musing on the importance of sense as an entranceway to cur…
 
This week we're delighted to present this late night, transatlantic phone chat with the legendary Dave Eggers! Dave is the author of many books including The Circle, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Museum of Rain. His latest if the tech satire The Every. He's also the founder of publishi…
 
This week we're delighted to present this frank, funny and thoroughly entertaining chat with author, journalist and podcaster Lindsey Kelk! Lindsey is the bestselling author of the I Heart series of books, plus In Case You Missed It, One in a Million and her latest On a Night Like This. Lindsey also co-hosts the beauty podcast, Full Coverage, and T…
 
It's our 100th episode! Sort of - we may have slightly lost count. But there is still plenty of cause for celebration as we are in the company of poet, author, memoirist and actor Yrsa Daley-Ward! Her poetry collection Bone was widely acclaimed while her memoir The Terrible won the PEN/Ackerley Prize. She co-wrote Black Is King with Beyonce and her…
 
This week we're delighted to share this wonderful, nourishing conversation with novelist, playwright and short story writer Helen Oyeyemi! Helen's debut, The Icarus Girl was called "a masterly first novel" by the New York Times. White is For Witching won a Somerset Maugham Award, while What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours won the PEN Open Book Award. Her…
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout joins Isy Suttie to discuss the third book in her Lucy Barton series, ‘Oh, William!’. Using objects like a ring gifted to her by a great aunt and a postcard of the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald as a starting point, Strout muses on the almost mystical process that allows her to inhabit the characters s…
 
This week we're delighted to chat to author and journalist Lucy Mangan! Lucy's book Bookworm has been discussed many times on the show and is a firm favourite in YB Towers. Her new novel Are We Having Fun Yet? is fun, furious and unforgettable. We talked to her about reading epiphanies, the literary merits of Les Dawson, quintessential children's b…
 
This week we are honoured to talk to globally acclaimed author, poet, screenwriter and Booker prize winner Ben Okri OBE! Ben has won numerous awards and honorary doctorates for his fiction and poetry and is considered one of the foremost African authors of the modern era. We talked to Ben about the meaning of being, the character of Walt Whitman, t…
 
The writer that penned an early-noughties viral phenomenon aged just 13, Jade LB, speaks to Nihal Arthanayake about ‘Keisha The Sket’. Having lived on the phones and websites of fans for the past two decades, it’s now been formally published for the first time with additional content from the author and essays from esteemed contemporary writers lik…
 
We're preparing a brand new season of YB - but as a delicious taster, enjoy this wonderful conversation with avid reader, book blogger and lover of all things literary Tilly Fitzgerald AKA TillyLovesBooks (on all branches of social media). We were delighted when Tilly got involved with our Books to Nourish auction, raising funds for Fareshare, a ch…
 
The author, podcaster and stand-up comedian Shon Faye joins Nihal Arthanayake to discuss her first book, The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice. Using iconic queer artefacts like the film ‘The Wizard of Oz’, starring Judy Garland, alongside Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ album as a gateway, Shon shares with Nihal the experiences that lead to her …
 
The chef and co-founder of The River Cafe, Ruth Rogers, picks the life of the writer and activist James Baldwin.A writer, poet, playwright and activist, Baldwin was known as a trailblazing explorer of race, class and sexuality in America and the “literary voice of the Civil Rights movement”. Joining Ruth and Matthew is Professor Rich Blint from the…
 
The Greek politician and economist takes us back to ancient Alexandria and the life of the first woman to make her name as a mathematician. But Hypatia is best known now for being brutally murdered. Yanis Varoufakis makes the case for her as a philosopher and mathematician, and explores how her story has been interpreted and misinterpreted in the c…
 
Author, broadcaster, entertainer and former politician Gyles Brandreth talks to Nihal Arthanayake about his upcoming memoir, Odd Boy Out. In this episode, Gyles Brandreth considers how delving into his own childhood has challenged his usual aversion to being introspective, and how breaking the mirror of self-indulgence can truly enrich your life. U…
 
The president of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge and former Channel 4 editor champions the life of a 14th-century mystic. Like Dorothy Byrne, famous for her scathing attacks on broadcasting executives in the 2019 MacTaggart Lecture, Catherine of Siena stood up to powerful men. She lobbied Popes, attacked corruption in the Catholic church, and pla…
 
Ewan MacColl sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" to Peggy Seeger down the phone. When they met, Peggy says, he was in the grip of his midlife crisis. "I'm fond of saying the poor boy didn't stand a chance," she tells Matthew Parris. This programme is her attempt to set the record straight. "I'd like to do a bit of justice to him, because the…
 
When Josiah Wedgwood had part of an injured leg amputed, he encouraged his workers to celebrate the anniversary as St Amputation Day. This remarkable man from Stoke on Trent built a pottery empire that made him famous round the world. He's nominated here, on location, by the former MP for Stoke Central, Tristram Hunt, now head of the Victoria and A…
 
“Time is just the medium through which life unfolds.” This week, mentalist, illusionist, painter and author Derren Brown talks to Isy Suttie about his latest book, ‘A Book of Secrets: Finding Solace in a Stubborn World’. In this episode, Derren and Isy delve into the questions at the heart of the way we live our lives. Using objects like a camera a…
 
World-renowned author Paula Hawkins talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her latest thriller, A Slow Fire Burning. In this episode, Paula Hawkins reflects on the disparity between commercial success and her confidence as a writer, particularly in the face of criticism. Is it possible to strike the perfect balance between prosperity and critical acclaim…
 
This week we are beyond delighted to welcome the brilliant and hilarious Isy Suttie to You’re Booked towers! Isy is a comedian, actor and the author of a memoir The Actual One and the wonderful novel Jane is Trying. We talked to her about eating mince, thriller addiction, the pain of rereading and getting a boy to buy you Forever. BOOKS Daisy Bucha…
 
Bestselling historical fiction author Conn Iggulden talks to Nihal Arthanayake about Protector, the latest book in his Athenian series. In this episode, Conn Iggulden recalls the wondrous stories which ignited his imagination as a child and inspired him to begin writing. Armed with a Roman sword and a silver pen, he reveals his methods for understa…
 
Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith joins Nihal Arthanayake to share tales from behind his impressive body of work. In this episode, the ever-curious Alexander McCall Smith tells of his affection for Botswana, and its important role as the backdrop to his much-loved series, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, gives due respect to the surprises of …
 
To celebrate this year’s upcoming Booker Prize nominations, we've delved back into the archives and cherry-picked highlights from eight very special interviews. Hear about the inspirations, frustrations, and secrets behind the winners of the most prestigious prize in literature. What’s in a name? What is the worst question you can ask an author? Wh…
 
For our series finale, we are thrilled to present this conversation with author, podcaster and all-round inspiration Otegha Uwagba! Otegha is the author of the bestselling career guide Little Black Book and the essay collection Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods which was picked as one of the Guardian’s Books of The Year. Her latest book is the m…
 
This week we welcome a genuine literary legend to YB: Nick Hornby! Nick is the bestselling author of eight novels, including High Fidelity, About a Boy and, most recently, Just Like You. He’s also published non-fiction such as Fever Pitch, and has written numerous award-winning screenplays for film and television including Brooklyn, Wild and Love N…
 
“There’s a way in which memory can press up against the present”: this week, American author Avni Doshi talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her wildly successful debut novel, ’Burnt Sugar’, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. In this episode, Avni and Nihal discuss the problematic deification of motherhood in South Asian communities, usin…
 
This week we are thrilled to present an illuminating chat with one of our favourite all-time writers: Olivia Laing! Olivia is the author of To the River, The Trip to Echo Spring, The Lonely City and Funny Weather. Her novel Crudo was a Sunday Times bestseller, a New York Times notable book, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths and Gordon Burn Prizes and …
 
This week we’re delighted to welcome the author of one of our favourite novels of recent times Clare Chambers! Clare’s novel Small Pleasures was a Women’s Prize nominee and a book of the Year in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Express, Metro and many more and beloved over here at You’re Booked towers. We talked to her about Kath…
 
Labour MP, podcast host and now author Ed Miliband talks to Nihal Arthanayake about his debut book, ‘Go Big: How To Fix Our World’. Using a scene from ’The West Wing’ and a Robert Kennedy speech as jump off points, Ed and Nihal meditate on Ed's time as Leader of the Opposition, reconciling a partisan political climate, and being an idealist in a wo…
 
This week, we're delighted to sit down and chat with the multi-award winning author, speaker, podcaster and Financial Times columnist Elizabeth Uviebinené! Elizabeth's first book was the groundbreaking Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, co-written with her best friend Yomi Adegoke. She also co-edited Loud Black Girls with Yomi and co-presente…
 
This week we're delighted to welcome the legendary novelist, playwright, performer, journalist and teacher Esther Freud to You're Booked. Esther is the author of nine novels, her first Hideous Kinky was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize and turned into a hit film starring Kate Winslet. Her latest is the captivating I Couldn't Love You M…
 
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