Famous Peterborough people reveal their favourite books ahead of World Book Day

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Famous faces from Peterborough have revealed their favourite books ahead of World Book Day on Thursday, March 5.

Poet Mark Grist

From childhood - A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin - “Ursula Le Guin is an incredible writer and there’s so much pace to the story that it just swept me away.

“I carried it everywhere as a child. It made me realise how powerful our words can be.”

From adult life - The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett - “Not as well known as The Maltese Falcon but much tighter, more exciting and with more plot-twists than you can shake a semi-automatic at.”

Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor David Over

From childhood - The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

From adult life - Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson - “It fuses together two of my main interests - language and history. The style of writing is informal but precise. I wish I had written it.”

Peterborough Phantoms

James Ferrara - Captain of the Phantoms

From childhood - “Roald Dahl books were my favourite I think because they were imaginative and fun to read as a child.”

From adult life - “Dan Brown books are favourites, specifically the Robert Langdon series including Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.

“I think because of the mixture of mystery, action and how believable the stories could be the books keep you wanting to read more!”

Cam McGiffin Defenceman

From childhood - “Captain Underpants adventures, because reading something that was funny kept me more entertained.”

From adult life - “Life lessons from space and learning from astronauts about how to deal with situations.”

Jason Buckman Defenceman

From childhood - “I liked to read anything to do with adventures and getting into mischief. I think it was because I liked going on adventures to see what we could find.”

From adult life - “I like reading autobiographies as it’s interesting to find out about people’s lives from all backgrounds and goals in life.”