The Hyphen: Late To The Game But Obsessed With Audiobooks

Hi friends—

How are you doing?

Another week on the coronacoaster. Last week was pretty rough and involved drinking a lot of wine in the bath, but this week has been a complete turnaround. I’m learning, as everyone is I’m sure, to go with the flow a little bit more because we can’t actually control the things we thought we could.

This week I’ve been really enjoying getting up early and stomping around my local park listening to an audiobook before sitting down at my desk. I know a lot of people have been finding it hard to read and that includes me in the last couple of weeks. It’s been fun getting back into them. Getting a gulp of fresh air and a soothing voice in my ears has been a tonic. I had some spare Audible credits (according to my account I had not downloaded an audiobook since 2015) so I have been starting off with some non-fiction.

I listened to Ryan Holiday’s book Stillness Is The Key (quite intense, but interesting) and Martha Beck’s The Joy Diet (nothing to do with food but about filling your days with more joy). Both are about slowing down, being more stoic, and making more space for yourself in your daily life.

Soon I’ll probably move onto fiction. A few that I’ve bookmarked: Carey Mulligan reading Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Robert Webb’s new novel Come Again narrated by Olivia Coleman and Bad Love narrated by Vivienne Acheampong.

I also recorded my SABOTAGE audiobook this week (see below) and I have some VERY EXCITING NEWS about my OLIVE audiobook also…..(also see below!)

Hope you enjoy today’s newsletter. (If there’s anything you’d like me to share in next week’s newsletter, please email me at

Emma xo


This week I ventured into an actual (wiped clean) studio to record my new non-fiction title SABOTAGE (now available for pre-order, out in September) and I’m so excited for you to listen to it. It’s an investigation into why we self-sabotage, how I overcame some of my sabotaging tendencies and useful tips and tricks from the experts.


Exciting News! Fleabag’s BAFTA-nominee Sian Clifford is reading the audiobook for OLIVE!

I have some very exciting news.

The gloriously talented BAFTA/EMMY nominated actor Sian Clifford has narrated the OLIVE audiobook. I first fell in love with her as Claire in Fleabag, then loved her even more when I met her IRL. Her voice is perfect, the audiobook sounds so dreamy. I am so over the moon that someone as brilliant as Sian is helping me bring Olive into the world. ♥️  

You can pre-order here!



Glennon Doyle is this week’s guest on Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast!

This week's podcast is with the absolute powerhouse Glennon Doyle.

In this episode we discuss Glennon's new book "Untamed: Stop pleasing, start living" — an intimate memoir and a galvanising wake-up call.

We talk about how she got the book out to so many people during lockdown, how to spot our feelings beneath the desires and how jealousy is a useful emotion. Listen here (or via any pod apps!)

I have been absolutely loving Chanté Joseph on Instagram, big fan of her work. She recently wrote a piece for GAL DEM on the acronym ‘BAME’ and why turning the experiences of disparate groups into a monolith has never been good practice. We need to think radically about the terms we use to identify collectively moving forward. You can read it here.

I loved this episode of Unlocking Us, Brené Brown’s podcast — where she interviews comedy Producer/Director Judd Apatow. They look at what's funny, why it's funny, and why laughter creates connection. They also uncover that thin line between humour and grief — what it means to tell the stories of our lives in a way that we recognise ourselves and our shared humanity. You can listen here.

I am absolutely over the moon to have my hands on beauty guru Caroline Hiron’s book “SKINCARE: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide”. Caroline really is the most trusted voice in the skincare world right now and the book has been absolutely storming the charts. I can’t wait to try out some new products on my face soon.

In Case You Missed It ☝️ You are invited to my online book launch for OLIVE!

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