Daisy Buchanan is the author most recently of the memoir The Sisterhood: A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me, a book about growing up as the eldest of six girls. She and I talked about the books she recommend to her sisters, why Judy Blume’s novels have been so formative for so many of us,  what book covers featuring the back of a woman’s head have going for them, and more.


You can listen to the episode here,

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or wherever else you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Sisterhood: A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me, by Daisy Buchanan

I Love You More Than You Know: Essays, by Jonathan Ames

The Blessing, by Nancy Mitford

Anybody Out There, by Marian Keyes

What a Carve Up! , by Jonathan Coe

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling, by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem: And Other Great Internet Search Histories of the Past, by Dale Shaw

Forever, by Judy Blume

Flowers in the Attic, by V C Andrews

Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, by Sarah Knight

The Time of Indifference, by Alberto Moravia

The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer

How to Be a Grown Up, by Daisy Buchanan

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Sex and Rage, by Eve Babitz

Scribble Scribble, by Nora Ephron

Delight, by JB Priestley

The Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary

Our Life in a Day, by Jamie Fewery

Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan

The Parisian, by Isabella Hamma

Going Solo: My choice to become a single mother using a donor, by Genevieve Roberts

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

Podcasts Mentioned on the Show:

You’re Booked


The High Low

Always There

Sentimental Garbage


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