Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Freddie Fox: My six greatest books – Donna Tartt, Flashman, John Donne, Evelyn Waugh and extra


THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt Penguin, £eight.99

A ripping yarn with many layers. One thing deep and darkish occurs because the novel unfolds.

I studied classics and historical past so, if I hadn’t gone to drama college, I image myself within the classics school the place that is set and would possibly simply have been one of many guys within the story.

LOVE AND WAR IN THE APENNINES by Eric Newby William Collins, £9.99

I knew Eric after I was a boy and this tells the story of how he met his spouse when she helped him escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy. He wrote about his adventures so wittily and articulately.

MEDITATIONS by Marcus Aurelius Penguin, £7.99

That is accessible, poetic philosophy that has given me a number of values I’ve tried to set my retailer by. Our operate as creatures on the planet is to do our greatest to serve the entire.

My method is by entertaining which I’d argue is as important as curing the sick or laying down legal guidelines.

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh, Penguin, £9.99

“Oxford, in these days, was nonetheless a metropolis of aquatint” is a ravishing line initially. Waugh was a sensational author and conjures a picture of the previous I discover quixotic and in addition unhappy in its nostalgia.

SELECTED POEMS by John Donne, Penguin, £eight.99

Once I was doing Romeo And Juliet I went to Verona with my agent, who studied Donne, and this was the door into me writing my very own poetry.

I’m not non secular however I’m in love with the aesthetic of faith and Donne conjures that beatific magnificence.

FLASHMAN AT THE CHARGE by George MacDonald Fraser, HarperCollins, £9.99

That is the Flashman e-book I’veenjoyed most, set within the Crimean battle.

Fraser’s pinpointing of 19th-century historical past is fascinating and performed with model and humour.

I might love to jot down and star in an replace of Flashman. He’s an ideal anti-hero.

• Freddie Fox is likely one of the sitters in Portrait Artist Of The Yr which begins on Sky Arts on January 16 at 8pm.


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