Kate Davies

Book Shambles

Kate Davies debut novel, In at the Deep End, comes out this week. Josie read an advanced copy and fell in love with it so we got Kate into the studio to chat about it with her and Robin. Not only that, she came armed with a list of her favourite books divided into categories! So the three of them dig into the best sexy, queer and funny books from Zadie Smith to Diana Athill, Stephen Fry and beyond.

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Reading List

Kate recommends:

Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

The work of David Nicholls

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

In Search of the Missing Eyelash by Karen McLeod

Stet: An Editor’s Life by Diana Athill

Alive, Alive Oh! by Diana Athill

Voices from the Second World War from Candlewick Press

Educated by Tara Westover

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Josie recommends:

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

Life After Death bu Damien Echols

An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinski

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hand Kureishi

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Make Believe by Diana Athill

Waiting for the Last Bus by Richard Holloway

Robin recommends:

Proletarian Literature in the United States: An Anthology edited by Granville Hicks

The Pan Book of Horror Stories

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

Read All About Me by Oliver Reed

White Line Fever by Lemmy

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

The Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White

Modern Nature by Derek Jarman

The work of Tove Jansson

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

After Kathy Acker by Chris Kraus

Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh

Lighthouse by Tony Parker

The Violence of Our Lives by Tony Parker

Bird, Kansas by Tony Parker

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