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40 Favourite books of famous people

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

40 Favourite books of famous people
22 September 2011

"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 ShortListInstant 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

Favourite book: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Stephen King

Favourite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Kate Winslet

Favourite book: Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

Tom Clancy

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

Dermot O'Leary

Favourite book:The Bottoms by Joe R Lansdale

James Nesbitt

Favourite book:The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger

George Clooney

Favourite book:War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Sir Michael Caine

Favourite book:The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Martin Sheen

Favourite book:The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Steve Coogan

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

Rob Brydon

Favourite book:Collected works by Dylan Thomas

Emma Thompson

Favourite book:Odyssey by Homer

Gary Lineker

Favourite book:The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

Gordon Brown

Favourite book:The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Alec Baldwin

Favourite book:To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Will Smith

Favourite book:The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Chevy Chase

Favourite book:Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Steven Spielberg

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

Drew Barrymore

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


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

Anne Hathaway

Favourite book:The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Noel Edmonds

Favourite book:Born to be Riled by Jeremy Clarkson

Jim Carrey

Favourite book:Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Pierce Brosnan

Favourite book:The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Mel Gibson

Favourite book:1984 by George Orwell

Matt Damon

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

Sir Alex Ferguson

Favourite book:Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Megan Fox

Favourite book:Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

Tom Hanks

Favourite book:In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Kate Moss

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

Jose Mourinho

Favourite book:The Bible

Daniel Radcliffe

Favourite book:The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Owen Wilson

Favourite book:The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Danny Wallace

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

Donald Trump

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

Natalie Portman

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

John Travolta

Favourite book:Airport by Arthur Hailey

Robert Green

Favourite book:The Iliad by Homer

Simon Cowell

Favourite book:DisneyWar by James B. Stewart

Wayne Rooney

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