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40 Favourite books of famous people

Who'd have thought a footballer would choose The Iliad?

"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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  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    Favourite book: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison More details

    Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    Favourite book: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

  • Stephen King

    Stephen King

    Favourite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding More details

    Stephen King

    Stephen King

    Favourite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  • Kate Winslet

    Kate Winslet

    Favourite book: Therese Raquin by Emile Zola More details

    Kate Winslet

    Kate Winslet

    Favourite book: Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

  • Tom Clancy

    Tom Clancy

    Favourite book: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne More details

    Tom Clancy

    Tom Clancy

    Favourite book: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

  • Dermot O'Leary

    Dermot O'Leary

    Favourite book: The Bottoms by Joe R Lansdale More details

    Dermot O'Leary

    Dermot O'Leary

    Favourite book: The Bottoms by Joe R Lansdale

  • James Nesbitt

    James Nesbitt

    Favourite book: The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger More details

    James Nesbitt

    James Nesbitt

    Favourite book: The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger

  • George Clooney

    George Clooney

    Favourite book: War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy More details

    George Clooney

    George Clooney

    Favourite book: War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

  • Sir Michael Caine

    Sir Michael Caine

    Favourite book: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand More details

    Sir Michael Caine

    Sir Michael Caine

    Favourite book: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  • Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen

    Favourite book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor… More details

    Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen

    Favourite book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Steve Coogan

    Steve Coogan

    Favourite book: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by… More details

    Steve Coogan

    Steve Coogan

    Favourite book: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

  • Rob Brydon

    Rob Brydon

    Favourite book: Collected works by Dylan Thomas More details

    Rob Brydon

    Rob Brydon

    Favourite book: Collected works by Dylan Thomas

  • Emma Thompson

    Emma Thompson

    Favourite book: Odyssey by Homer More details

    Emma Thompson

    Emma Thompson

    Favourite book: Odyssey by Homer

  • Gary Lineker

    Gary Lineker

    Favourite book: The Famous Five by Enid Blyton More details

    Gary Lineker

    Gary Lineker

    Favourite book: The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

  • Gordon Brown

    Gordon Brown

    Favourite book: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson More details

    Gordon Brown

    Gordon Brown

    Favourite book: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

  • Alec Baldwin

    Alec Baldwin

    Favourite book: To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee More details

    Alec Baldwin

    Alec Baldwin

    Favourite book: To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

  • Will Smith

    Will Smith

    Favourite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo More details

    Will Smith

    Will Smith

    Favourite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

  • Chevy Chase

    Chevy Chase

    Favourite book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville More details

    Chevy Chase

    Chevy Chase

    Favourite book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg

    Favourite book: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore… More details

    Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg

    Favourite book: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

  • Drew Barrymore

    Drew Barrymore

    Favourite book: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl More details

    Drew Barrymore

    Drew Barrymore

    Favourite book: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

  • Morrissey

    Morrissey

    Favourite book: By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and… More details

    Morrissey

    Morrissey

    Favourite book: By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

  • Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway

    Favourite book: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett More details

    Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway

    Favourite book: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Noel Edmonds

    Noel Edmonds

    Favourite book: Born to be Riled by Jeremy Clarkson More details

    Noel Edmonds

    Noel Edmonds

    Favourite book: Born to be Riled by Jeremy Clarkson

  • Jim Carrey

    Jim Carrey

    Favourite book: Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky More details

    Jim Carrey

    Jim Carrey

    Favourite book: Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan

    Favourite book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck More details

    Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan

    Favourite book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  • Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson

    Favourite book: 1984 by George Orwell More details

    Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson

    Favourite book: 1984 by George Orwell

  • Matt Damon

    Matt Damon

    Favourite book: A People's History of the United States by… More details

    Matt Damon

    Matt Damon

    Favourite book: A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Favourite book: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson More details

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Favourite book: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Megan Fox

    Megan Fox

    Favourite book: Kiss the Girls by James Patterson More details

    Megan Fox

    Megan Fox

    Favourite book: Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

  • Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks

    Favourite book: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote More details

    Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks

    Favourite book: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  • Kate Moss

    Kate Moss

    Favourite book: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott… More details

    Kate Moss

    Kate Moss

    Favourite book: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho

    Favourite book: The Bible More details

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho

    Favourite book: The Bible

  • Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Favourite book: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov More details

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Favourite book: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

  • Owen Wilson

    Owen Wilson

    Favourite book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark… More details

    Owen Wilson

    Owen Wilson

    Favourite book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  • Danny Wallace

    Danny Wallace

    Favourite book: The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon… More details

    Danny Wallace

    Danny Wallace

    Favourite book: The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

  • Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    Favourite book: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman… More details

    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    Favourite book: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vicent Peale

  • Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman

    Favourite book: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank More details

    Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman

    Favourite book: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

  • John Travolta

    John Travolta

    Favourite book: Airport by Arthur Hailey More details

    John Travolta

    John Travolta

    Favourite book: Airport by Arthur Hailey

  • Robert Green

    Robert Green

    Favourite book: The Iliad by Homer More details

    Robert Green

    Robert Green

    Favourite book: The Iliad by Homer

  • Simon Cowell

    Simon Cowell

    Favourite book: DisneyWar by James B. Stewart More details

    Simon Cowell

    Simon Cowell

    Favourite book: DisneyWar by James B. Stewart

  • Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney

    Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by… More details

    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney

    Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling

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