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40 Favourite books of famous people

"Libraries gave us power", proclaimed the Manic Street Preachers, and it's true that the written word continues to inspire and instruct. In fact, we're sure that a future Prime Minister will cite the ShortList Instant Improver section as the catalyst for their rise to power one day.

To that end, we decided to delve into the world of celebrities to find out what their favourite work was; some opted for a childhood favourite, others a weighty and classic tome. Others went for the unexpected (naming no names Gordon Brown and Noel Edmonds). And one confirmed his suspected god-complex...

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