Published On: Fri, Aug 11th, 2017

’Allo ’Allo's Sue Hodge: My best books – Bridget Jones' Diary and more


THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins Penguin Classics, £7.99 When I was training as an actress I enjoyed the Dickensian style of writing and this was one of the first mystery novels I’d read in that style. There’s mistaken identity, letters going backwards and forwards and greed. Whenever I pick it up I find something in it that I’ve missed. 

THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamunde Pilcher Hodder, £8.99 I wouldn’t describe myself as romantic but most people like a good story based on true love like this. Kim Hartman, alias Helga in ’Allo ’Allo, bought it for me as a holiday book. The principal character treasures the title painting but her children want her to sell it so there’s dysfunctional family stuff in it as well. 

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY by Helen Fielding Picador, £7.99 I found this very comedic and fun, such as when her hair is described as having had a row with itself. There are lovely characters like the irritating mother and everyone fell in love with Mark Darcy. Turkey curry at Christmas would never be the same again. 

THE ROCK by Robert Daws Urbane, £7.99 I’ve always admired Rob Daws as an actor. I love a good crime thriller because I like to try to solve it. I couldn’t put this novel of his down. It’s set in Gibraltar and has real pace. 

THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII by Antonia Fraser W&N, £14.99 A fantastic writer. I was interested in history at school and her books are a good refresher course on historical figures, especially the women. Being a bit naughty and Mimi-ish, my favourite was Anne Boleyn because she came across as being made of the same stuff as Henry. 

THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry Egmont, £7.99 It could be the Peter Pan in me but this had such an impact. A beautiful French writer he describes that constant frustration in a child of never being quite understood by the grown-ups. I still find it a magical book.


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