My six best books
The Daily Express
3 May 2013
NATHANIEL PARKER, 50, is best known for the lead role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries on television and has also appeared in Merlin, Land Girls and Me And Mrs Jones.
He is currently playing Gordon Brown in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, London.
NATHANIEL PARKER, 50, is best known for the lead role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries on television and has also appeared in Merlin, Land Girls and Me And Mrs Jones. He is currently playing Gordon Brown in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, London, www.theaudienceplay.com
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller Vintage, £7.99
The first big proper book I read, when I was about 14. It's such an off-the-wall book and has one of the funniest passages ever in it, with the wonderful Major Major character.
BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens, Penguin, £9.99
I did this at school and I identified with Jarndyce. I always like to play the main character in my head and I loved the scowl and the darkness that he had. It's full of extraordinary characters and situations.
ARTEMIS FOWL (COLLECTION) by Eoin Colfer, Puffin, £6.99
For each I do the readings of these on audiotape so I've really got to know Artemis. It's a fantastic concept. He starts off as an 12-year-old Irish criminal who has broken the code to get into the fairy underworld, a world where the fairies carry guns. Each story is gripping.
THE UNINVITED GUESTS by Sadie Jones, Vintage, £7.99
I'm a big fan of Sadie's. She uses a very different style in each book yet they are all completely believable. This deals with a mad household celebrating a birthday when suddenly other people start arriving from a nearby train crash. It takes you into a world beyond Noel Coward and I can't wait for her next one.
THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, Black Swan, £7.99|
A retired guy in the West Country hears that an old colleague is dying up in Scotland, so he goes to post them a letter but then decides to deliver it himself and off he goes. I found myself taking days over it just because I wanted to savour every few pages. An enchanting, gentle book.
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam Mcbratney and Anita Jeram, Walker, £4.99
I am a sentimentalist. I bought this when I was away filming and my first child was a baby. I couldn't wait to read it to her. It's about Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare talking about how much they love each other. I know it's turned into a marketing phenomenon but it's delightful.