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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
MP in today`s Mail - Bookworm feature by Louise on 21 November 2004 7:38pm
What is your favourite book?
Thomas Hardy wrote terrific stories. It`s hard to choose just one, though `Jude the Obscure` is probably my favourite. I love how Hardy gets his characters into wonderfully emotional tangles.

Have any books changed your life?
My own book, `Around the World in 80 Days`. If it hadn`t been so successful, I doubt I`d still be making travel shows for television.

Which fictional character would you like to be?
The Irish surgeon Maturin in the Patrick O`Brien novels set during the Napoleonic wars, such as `Master and Commander`. He`s a great naturalist, plays music and speaks many languages - all areas in which I`m woefully inadequate.

What`s the most romantic book you`ve read?
`Hindu Holiday` by J R Ackerley. It`s a delightful account of the author`s time in India as a tutor to an Indian prince. It made me desperate to visit the country.

What`s the sexiest book you`ve read?
Ernest Hemingway`s `For Whom The Bell Tolls`, which I first read at school. It has a couple of very sexy scenes which, for a young boy, were quite explicit.

Can you recommend a self-help book?
The last one I read was `The Art of Happiness: a Handbook for Living` by the Dalai Lama. There`s lots of wisdom in it.

Re: MP in today`s Mail - Bookworm feature by Sophie-Louise on 21 November 2004 11:09pm
thnaks for sharing that louise!

ugh i have to disagree with michael about thomas hardy! i read 'far from the madding crowd' in gcse english i nearly feel asleep everytime i even thought about reading the bloody thing! if it wasnt for my hilarious eccentric english teacher i would have commited suicide...


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