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Shelf Life: Anton du Beke

24 October 2012

12:32 PM

24 October 2012

12:32 PM

Stalwart of Strictly, winner of Rear of the Year 2011 and author of B is for Ballroom: Be Your Own Armchair Dancefloor Expert, dancer Anton du Beke is on this week’s Shelf Life. He tells us what he’s reading and which self help book would make him foxtrot for the hills. He tweets @TheAntonDuBeke

1). What are you reading at the moment?

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, by Hank Haney
Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank, by Barbara Sinatra
Steps in Time: An Autobiography, by Fred Astaire

2). As a child, what did you read under the covers?

The Famous Five, by Enid Blyton

3). Has a book ever made you cry, and if so which one?

No, I don’t cry!

4). You are about to be put into solitary confinement for a year and allowed to take three books. What would you choose?

An encyclopaedia, William Shakespeare’s complete works and an Agatha Christie omnibus

5). Which literary character would you most like to sleep with?

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

6). If you could write a self-help book, what would you call it?

‘Oh Stop Complaining!’

7). Which party from literature would you most like to have attended?

Any held by Gatsby

8). What would you title your memoirs?

‘I Could Have Danced All Night’

9). Which literary character do you dream of playing?

James Bond

10). What book would you give to a lover?

Fifty Shades, by E. L. James

11). Spying Mein Kampf or Dan Brown on someone’s bookshelf can spell havoc for a friendship. What’s your literary dealbreaker?

How to Marry the Man of Your Choice, by Margaret Kent

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