The Word


Television producer

Your favourite book?
It’s difficult to choose one, I have a few favourites. The Greatest: My Own Story, Muhammad Ali’s autobiography, along with Bruce Lee’s biography, The Bruce Lee Story, written by his wife, Linda Lee. They stood for something and faced incredible odds, but didn’t give in. Their philosophy of hard work is truly inspiring.

Your favourite genre?
Autobiography, and then biography. Biographies will tell you about what happened and the events, but autobiographies will tell you about the cause and what the person went through personally. We can all benefit from learning about peoples’ lives.

Your favourite character?
Although I normally don’t read fiction, I keep re-reading PG Wodehouse. My favourite character is Bertram Wooster.

How many books do you own?
Hundreds. I have cupboards and shelves full of books. There are also so many that I’ve lent out which I’ll never get back. Lots of books on philosophy and religion.

The last book you bought?
Lance Armstrong’s second autobiography, Every Second Counts, the follow-up to his It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life.

An overrated book?
Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is highly overrated. I can’t tell you what a piece of crap it was. It was such a huge deal, but I thought it was a piece of shit.

An underrated book?
I’d say my favourites, like Every Second Counts. They’re potentially bibles and have hundreds of priceless lessons. They’re culturally rare.