Our guest on Episode 18 is Sarah Vaughan, author of three books including the bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal, which came out in January 2018. It was the first book I read this year, and I instantly proclaimed it “probably the best I’d read in 2018”. It’s thoughtful, timely writing that catches us up in a great story and asks important questions about issues like consent and gaslighting and abuse of power. We talked about what inspired Anatomy of a Scandal, her experience of studying at Oxford, the advantages of writing fiction later in life, and more.


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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan

The Art of Baking Blind, by Sarah Vaughan

The Farm at the Edge of the World, by Sarah Vaughan

White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller

Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier

The Trick to Time, by Kit de Waal

He Said/She Said, by Erin Kelly

Tin Man, by Sarah Winman

Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller

Swimming Lessons, by Claire Fuller

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken, by the Secret Barrister

The Sparsholt Affair, by Alan Hollinghurst

The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst

American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy


Waiting for Callback: It’s a Wrap, by Honor and Perdita Cargill

Disco Sour, by Giuseppe Porcaro

The Cartography of Others, by Catherine McNamara

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe



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