Celebrity Reader Interview: Tim Vine

The British comedian, Tim Vine, kindly agreed to answer some questions for The Book Base about his reading habits and favourite books.

Here are his responses:

Tim VineWhat were your favourite books as a child?

There was an annual called Bimbo who was a little bear I think. I loved that. I also found the Tintin books utterly captivating. It’s still a source of slight sadness that they aren’t producing any new ones.

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

I have to confess I’m not a devourer of books. I read newspapers and biographies mainly. I just read a book by a comedian called Andy Kind. It’s called Stand Up and Deliver, and I really enjoyed it.

Who are your three favourite authors?

Hmm…now you’re asking. I don’t really have a favourite author. It probably sounds like I walk around on my knuckles. I don’t, well… only on the weekends. (Here are my four favourites: Rowan Williams, Bob Gass, Danny Wallace and Shaun Levy.)

When and where do you do most of your reading?

I like reading in the sun or on a train, so in an ideal situation I would like someone to invent a train convertible.

Approximately how many books do you read every year?

Two. Don’t judge me. I read lots of other stuff too; articles, obituaries… sign posts.

Which books on comedy would you recommend?

Steve Martin – Born Standing Up. It rang so many bells with me regarding life as a clubbing comedian (although he lost me a bit when he started playing football stadiums). It also made me cry. It’s my favourite book on stand up.

What are you reading at the moment?

Unseen Elvis. It’s a fantastic book filled with photos that Elvis fans took of Elvis. The amateurish nature of the photographs make Elvis jump off the page like I could have been there. It makes him look like an actual human.

Which book has had the biggest impact on your life?

The Bible, although I don’t understand all of it. I like the Dictionary too.

Thanks to Tim for taking the time to contribute to The Book Base. Check out his great website and follow him on Twitter.

Celebrity Reader Interview: David Bellamy

David Bellamy, the English author, botanist, broadcaster and environmental campaigner, kindly agreed to answer some questions for The Book Base about his favourite books and reading habits.

Her are his responses:

David BellamyWhat were your favourite books as a child?

Adventure and travel books.

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

Incoming!: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite by Tim Nield

Who are your favourite authors?

The one I am reading now until I put it down.

When and where do you do most of your reading?

At home by a wood fire in the winter.

Approximately how many books do you read in a year?

Depends on the number of words.

Which book has influenced you the most?

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.

What are you reading at the moment?

Echoes of Ingen Housz by Norman and Elaine Beale

As an author of over forty books, what advice would you give to a budding writer?

Have a go in CAPITALS and enjoy it!

Celebrity Reader Interview: David James

David JamesFormer England goalkeeper, David James, kindly agreed to answer some questions for The Book Base about his reading habits and favourite books.

David currently plays his football (soccer) at Bristol City, and he’s also played for Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth. David holds the record for clean sheets in the Premier League, and he has also made more Premier League appearances than any other goalkeeper.

David James also writes a column for The Observer newspaper.

Here are David’s responses to our questions:

What were your favourite books as a child?

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

The Armchair Economist by Steven E. Landsburg

Who are your favourite authors?

Paul Britton

When and where do you do most of your reading?

On the bus to matches and in my hotel room.

Approximately how many books do you read in a year?

I read lots of parts.

Which book has influenced you the most?

The Dictionary

What are you reading at the moment?

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

Many thanks to David James for taking the time to contribute to The Book Base.

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