Episode 1

The Re-Read: Michelle's wedding and what we read on our UK trip

We're switching things up for Season 9: Welcome to The Re-Read. In this mini-season, we check in with a selection of past guests to find out what they've been working on. Expect lots of books, some babies and plenty of chat.

This season works a little differently, without book recommendations from us at the start of each episode. But we promise you'll still get plenty of books added to your TBR!

We're kicking things off with a wrap-up of our travels, including some of the wonderful books we read along the way. Plus, a few other bookish adventures.

And, if you'll allow us to be a little self-indulgent, we're sharing all the details of Michelle's Edinburgh elopement. You can see shots from the day here and here.

Wanna skip to the book recommendations? We get into that at

We'll mark any PR/review copies with *

Books recommended:


  • Terms of Inheritance by Michelle Upton*
  • Babel by RF Kuang*
  • Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton


  • Unnecessary Drama by Nina Kenwood (stay tuned for a Re-Read chat)
  • The Bullet that Missed by Richard Oseman (Thursday Murder Club #3)
  • Girl Friends by Holly Bourne
  • Cat Lady by Dawn O'Porter
  • Why Did You Stay? by Rebecca Humphries
  • Tell Me Everything by Laura Kay (stay tuned for a Re-Read chat)

Bookshops visited:

Books and other things mentioned:

  • Our reception venue, The Sheep Heid, and its skittles alley
  • Check out Caitlin's bookshop visits on Instagram
  • The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer
  • Matilda (Film, Netflix)
  • The Jane Austen Centre, Bath
  • Murder Before Evensong by Reverend Richard Cole
  • How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne
  • Pretending by Holly Bourne
  • Michelle's going back to occasional book reviews at The Unfinished Bookshelf on Substack
  • Pride! (film)
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


  • Come From Away
  • Les Miserables
  • Back to the Future
  • Matilda

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About the Podcast

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About your hosts

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Caitlin Toohey

Hi, I'm Caitlin! I've been on bookstagram since 2016, a podcaster since 2017, and worked in publishing since 2019. So books and reading are my entire life. When I'm not reading, I like listening to Taylor Swift, watching sitcoms, and generally being a theatre kid.
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Michelle Gately

Hi, I'm Michelle! I'm an Aussie living in the UK, working as a bookseller at Waterstones. I'm obsessed with storytelling in all its forms – I spend as much time watching TV or listening to podcasts as I do reading. Other hobbies include bouldering, hiking and generally obsessing about my pug Percy.