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Surrey celebrities' favourite books

PUBLISHED: 17:25 09 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:12 20 February 2013

Surrey celebrities favourite books

Surrey celebrities favourite books

It's time to put up your feet, relax in the garden or in the local tea shop and grab a good book. To give you a bit of inspiration, here we discover the favourite reads of Surrey's most famous faces

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2009

It's time to put up your feet, relax in the garden or in the local tea shop and grab a good book. To give you a bit of inspiration, here we discover the favourite reads of Surrey's most famous faces







Let us know what your favourite books are and why by writing to feedback@surreylife.co.uk or by joining us on Facebook and Twitter







MOHAMED AL FAYED, OWNER OF HARRODS, OXTED
My favourite book is Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic by Jonathan Freedland. I am very taken by this book because it echoes my own view of what is wrong with the way Britain is governed and sets out in a clear and amusing way why things have gone wrong, and what it is about the American way of life and political system that the British would do well to adopt. Freedland looks at the way the British have imported American culture and decides that we are not getting the best of it - it is richer than we ever imagined.

SIR MICHAEL CAINE, ACTOR, LEATHERHEAD
One of my favourite books is The Maltese Falcon by Samuel Dashiell Hammett. I like it because it is a slick gangster novel set in Los Angeles, which I read before I'd ever been to the city.

ANTHEA TURNER, TV PERSONALITY, GODALMING
My favourite book of all time is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. This children's story is beautifully written, can also be enjoyed by adult readers and carries a message that none of us can ignore.

ROGER BLACK, ATHLETE & PRESENTER, FARNHAM
My chosen book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book personally means a lot to my wife Julia and me. It is a spiritual story about listening to your heart, pursuing your dreams and trying hard to reach your goals. You may have to take a risk or two along the way, but what you learn about yourself and others throughout the journey is worth the struggle.

DAME JUDI DENCH, ACTRESS, OUTWOOD
My favourite book is The Magus by John Fowles, closely followed by Daniel Martin by the same author. I think John Fowles has to be my favourite author, although I find it disastrous to read any of his books - once I pick one up, I cannot put it down, so everything else gets ignored!

GARY LINEKER, SPORTS PRESENTER, ESHER
I always find it very difficult to choose one book. However, when I was young my favourite books were the Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton. As a child, I loved the crisp writing style, the sense of adventure in the stories and the fact that the Five always seemed to be eating! Re-reading the books now with my own two boys, I am fascinated by their view of the writing style and the way the books immediately transport me back to my own childhood.

NICHOLAS OWEN, NEWSREADER, REIGATE
My favourite book is Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby. It plunges from extreme gloom, with the cruelties of a Yorkshire school - based on one in an area I know well - to great heights of joy and happiness. All human life is there, and I have loved the work since I first read it in my early teens.

CHRIS TARRANT, RADIO AND TV PRESENTER, ESHER
I have always read avidly since I was quite a young boy and now my own son, Toby, is also a very keen reader. I seem to remember lots of Enid Blyton books when I was very young and then it was all the RL Stevenson stuff, Treasure Island, etc. As a teenager, I became very keen on Thomas Hardy books, the Bront sisters' Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre and even Dostoevsky! As a student, things were rather different as I took a degree in English literature so I was obliged to read all sorts of books. I still read whenever I can, although it tends to be mainly on aeroplanes and holidays. The book that stands out in my mind the most - and I read it before I'd ever heard of the film - was The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. It absolutely frightened the life out of me but I was gripped and couldn't put it down for two days!





Celebrities' Favourite Books: In Aid of the Alzheimer's Society compiled by Jeff Thorburn is available from Apex Publishing Ltd by calling 01255 428500, priced 9.99 (hardback). It features around 100 letters from well-known people nominating their all-time favourite reads and is dedicated to those affected by Alzheimer's disease.







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