Katie Melua, the British singer-songwriter, answered some questions for The Book Base about her favourite books and reading habits.
What were your favourite books as a child?
Matilda by Roald Dahl. I loved reading from an early age and I really associated with Matilda.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Who are your favourite authors?
Iris Murdoch and Anne Carson
When and where do you do most of your reading?
When travelling, on trains, planes and automobiles.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
I like to read a lot of poetry, which I dip in and out of, so I sometimes have a couple of poetry books on the go as well as a novel. So, approximately 20, I’d guess.
Which book has influenced you the most?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – I read it when I was 19 and it blew my mind! Also, Decreation by Anne Carson.
What are you reading at the moment?
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Which of your songs are you most proud of in terms of the lyrics?
Piece by Piece – it’s a very simple love song.