The Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Anton du Beke, is also a novelist and singer. Here he shares the books that shaped him.
“I have always loved reading as there is just such an enchanting escapism to it. I travel quite a lot for work and I am such a fan of audiobooks, especially when I’m in the car going from one venue to another. Using them means I can still ‘read’ while doing other things — and I get through a lot more books that way. They can also be the perfect way to relax and switch off for a while, too.”
The book that makes me laugh
Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
“The Jeeves novels are rightly considered classics. I suppose the character of Jeeves is a little like Agatha Christie’s Poirot, but he’s so funny and there are some huge comic moments in these books. I love PG Wodehouse’s sharp wit and his style of writing too. Such brilliant characters that have me laughing throughout.”
The book that I always go back to
Killing Floor, by Lee Child
“Technically this is not just one book, but I always return to the Jack Recher novels. I find them compelling and the narrative is just so gripping. I listened to them all again recently in audio. Pure escapism for me.”
The book that changed my life
The Art Of Making Dances, by Doris Humphrey
“This book had a massive impact on my life, specifically the chapter on rhythm. The book, which presents modern dance as theatre, looks at the craft of dance. It has so many brilliant details – details of the design and dynamics of dance routines that can really transform the way you see the art form.”
Anton du Beke is a judge in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Catch the show on BBC 1 on Saturday and Sunday nights.