A few surprising revelations from this week’s esteemed Shelf Lifer, as Roger Moore tells us which literary character he’d sleep with, what he doesn’t like doing in his spare time and who would be his author of choice during a year’s solitary confinement. His new book, Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on 50 Years of Bond Movies, is published by Michael O’Mara Books
1). What are you reading at the moment?
The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy
2). As a child, what did you read under the covers?
3). Has a book ever made you cry, and if so which one?
4). You are about to be put into solitary confinement for a year and allowed to take three books. What would you choose?
5). Which literary character would you most like to sleep with?
6). If you could write a self-help book, what would you call it?
‘Clean Up Your Own Mess’
7). Michael Gove has asked you to rewrite the GCSE English Literature syllabus. Which book, which play, and which poem would you make compulsory reading?
8). Which party from literature would you most like to have attended?
I don’t like parties
9). What would you title your memoirs?
‘This Is Not An Obituary’
10). Which literary character do you dream of playing?
Not James Bond
11). What book would you give to a lover?
12). Spying Mein Kampf or Dan Brown on someone’s bookshelf can spell havoc for a friendship. What’s your literary dealbreaker?
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