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: Karen Pickering MBE

Karen Pickering MBE, the former Olympic freestyle swimmer, answered some questions for The Book Base about her reading habits and favourite books.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (I re-read it as an adult and found it so funny and clever!)

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

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Who are your favourite authors?

Jodi Piccoult, Khaled Hosseini and James Patterson

When and where do you do most of your reading?

In bed.

Approximately, how many books do you read in a year?

10 – 12

Which book has influenced you the most?

Greg Lemond: Incredible Comeback by Samuel Abt. A very inspirational story which helped me through tough times as an athlete.

What are you reading at the moment?

Bomb Hunters by Sean Rayment

Check out Karen Pickering’s website and follow her on Twitter.

You might also be interested in taking a look at our other Celebrity Reader Interviews.

Celebrity Reader Interview: Jimmy Doherty

Jimmy Doherty, the owner of Jimmy’s Farm (located near Ipswich, Suffolk), star of numerous TV documentaries on the subject of food and farming, and author of On the Farm, A Taste of the Country and A Farmer’s Life for Me, was kind enough to answer some questions about his reading habits for The Book Base.

Jimmy DohertyWhat was your favourite book as a child?

Amateur Naturalist by Gerald Durrell

What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin

Who are your favourite authors?

Richard Mabey and Michael Pollan

When and where do you do most of your reading?

On holiday.

Which book has influenced you the most?

We Want Real Food by Graham Harvey

What are you reading at the moment?

Salad Bar Beef by Joel Salatin

Having written several books, what advice would you give to beginning writers?

  • Read as much as you can.
  • Write how you speak and think.

If you’re visting Suffolk, make sure you check out Jimmy’s Farm – we’ve had a number of great family days out there and my son, who’s sixteen months old, absolutely loves the nature trail.

You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter.