Authors and narrators entertain and delight us with their engrossing plots and diverse character portrayals. But who inspired their careers with words? In Recommended Listens we discover the books that have shaped their lives - from crime writer extraordinaire Peter May to Dawn French, the Queen of British comedy.

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MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Tim Peake

"The first British ESA astronaut to visit the Space Station reveals the books he’d rely on if he was stranded amidst the stars." >
Tim Peake
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Tom Hanks

"Tom Hanks has had an extensive filmmaking and acting career, with roles in popular films as diverse as Splash, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and Sleepless in Seattle. " >
Tom Hanks
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Dermot O'Leary

"Radio and television host Dermot O'Leary on his life in books. " >
Dermot O'Leary
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Richard Branson

"Entrepreneur, philanthropist and Virgin founder Richard Branson reveals four life-changing listens - told in his own words." >
Richard Branson
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Robert Webb

"Robert Webb, comedian, actor and author, on the books that have shaped his life." >
Robert Webb
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Eddie Izzard

"Eddie Izzard, the stand-up comedian of his generation, reveals five unforgettable listens. " >
Eddie Izzard
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Northanger Abbey Cast

"Actress, social entrepreneur and model Lily Cole reveals the books she loves." >
Northanger Abbey Cast
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Katie Piper

"Katie Piper, TV presenter, philanthropist and best-selling non-fiction author, reveals the books that inspired her. " >
Katie Piper
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Tamzin Outhwaite

"Tamzin Outhwaite, star of the Audible Original drama Black Beauty, reveals her most treasured books – told in her own words." >
Tamzin Outhwaite
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Giovanna Fletcher

"Giovanna Fletcher, blogger, presenter and best-selling author, on the books that have shaped her life. " >
Giovanna Fletcher
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Tad Williams

"Robert Paul 'Tad' Williams, best-selling author of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, on the books that have shaped his life. " >
Tad Williams
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Ruby Wax

"Ruby Wax – comedian, writer and OBE-awarded mental health campaigner – reveals the audiobooks to listen to right now. " >
Ruby Wax
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Tom Fletcher

"Tom Fletcher - author, singer-songwriter and McFly band member - reveals the books that have shaped his life." >
Tom Fletcher
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Lee Child

"Lee Child, the best-selling author and creator of Jack Reacher, reveals his most treasured books - told in his own words." >
Lee Child
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Ian Rankin

"Ian Rankin, creator of the best-selling Inspector Rebus series, reveals his most coveted books - told in his own words." >
Ian Rankin
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Cecelia Ahern

"Cecelia Ahern, the best-selling author of P.S. I Love You and Love, Rosie, reveals her most coveted books - told in her own words." >
Cecelia Ahern
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Ian McEwan

"Ian McEwan, the Man Booker Prize-winning and CBE awarded author, reveals his most memorable books – told in his own words." >
Ian McEwan
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Alison Weir

"Told in her own words, Alison Weir - the biggest-selling female historian in the UK - reveals the books that have influenced her life and writing." >
Alison Weir
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Jessie Burton

"Jessie Burton, the award-winning author of 2014’s debut sensation The Miniaturist, reveals – in her own words – the books that have empowered, inspired and comforted her." >
Jessie Burton
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Dawn French

"Dawn French, the BAFTA award-winning Queen of British comedy, reveals the epic and extraordinary books that shaped her life – told in her own words." >
Dawn French
MY LIFE IN BOOKS

Peter May

"From the memoir that inspired him to become a novelist to his favourite short story, Peter May shares with us the books that shaped his life – told in his own words." >
Peter May