Books of My Life

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You can learn a great deal about somebody from the books they read. Take a listen to authors and celebrities as they invite you inside the library of their life. Which books make them cry? What is currently on their bedside table? Which novel do they wish they had read as a child? Which books could they not do without? Come and join the conversation by sending us the books you love or hate by emailing us on

6: Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh’s book Trainspotting is largely considered one of the best pieces of literature of the 20th century but according to Welsh it only came a...
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5: Bryn Terfel

Sir Bryn Terfel started singing at a very young age growing up on a farm in Wales. Host Rupert Hawksley found the renowned bass-baritone singer very e...
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4: Mary Beard

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and a prominent household name in the UK having written numerous books and made man...
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3: Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin didn’t think he was writing a crime novel when he sat down and started writing the first Rebus novel. Host Rupert Hawksley speaks to the ac...
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2: Arianna Huffington

When Arianna Huffington left Greece for Cambridge she could barely speak English but still made it to become the head of the debate society during her...
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1: Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith, known as Sandy to his friends, writes around 3000 words a day, many days before 7am. Host Rupert Hawksley met up with the auth...
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