GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
The first book I fell in love with. I’ve always loved huge sagas and this is romantic and beautifully written.
I saw the film as a young girl, growing up wanting to become an actress. It was almost as good as the book.
HIMALAYA by Michael Palin
Out of print
I love Palin’s travel books. I’ve trekked in the foothills of the Himalayas and know a little about the people he talks about.
He has a delicious sense of humour and an ability to get local people to talk about their traditions.
My dream is to do a travel programme with him.
MISERY by Stephen King
I have played in Misery on stage. It’s one of the most terrifying of all his amazing thrillers, where an unbalanced woman rescues a writer and makes him a prisoner.
Perversely I rather like being frightened. My sister and I love curling up in front of a horror film.
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
Fourth Estate, £9.99
I’ve always loved “faction” stories about history.
She is an extraordinary writer who makes you feel in the moment: she describes the light, the dark, the dirt, the romance, the threats.
Coming to the end, I allowed myself 10 pages a day because I didn’t want it to finish.
BOUDICA: DREAMING THE EAGLE by Manda Scott
A series about Boudica, all to do with betrayal and love, with detailed descriptions of the battles with Rome.
I was transported into a world I knew nothing about. I got into these when my daughter gave me a book-club membership.
CHRONICLES by Bob Dylan
Simon & Schuster, £9.99
This blew my mind. I went with a friend to see Girl From The North Country in the West End, which uses Dylan’s music, and my friend gave me this afterwards.
I’d never been a huge fan of his singing but it’s moving and informative about how he became who he is.