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Inspiring Reads

Dr. Rhys Jones

Dr. Rhys Jones recommends:
The Animal World Encyclopaedia by Hamlyn

I used to go to bed early and thumb through the pages of this book to find new animals that I had never heard of - like the echidna which eventually led me to Australia and a quest that was the start of my BBC career.

Deacon Manu

Deacon Manu recommends:
Bible Stories

Bible Stories are great for reading to my children - with lots of little books put together so you can read to them in short bits.

Iestyn Harris

Iestyn Harris recommends:
My Time by Bradley Wiggins

“I enjoy reading about my sporting heroes and Bradley Wiggins is an icon of British sport. My Time is a great read with amazing insights into the world of cycling.”

Ken Owens

Ken Owen recommends:
Y Dylluan Wen by Angharad Jones

This book is far better than what the cover suggests!

Josh Turnbull

Josh Turnbull recommends:
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

This book is weird and exciting – I loved Roald Dahl when I was in school and still like to read his books!

Liam Williams

Liam Williams recommends:
The Twits by Roald Dahl

The Twits by Roald Dahl is a great book for reading with kids as it’s so disgusting and funny but has a good message.

Nigel Owens

Nigel Owens recommends:
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm is one of my favourite books - I remember reading it in school and being fascinated by the concept and humour in the book.

Ross Divorty

Ross Divorty, Wales and Halifax, recommends:
Carrie by Steven King

I love horror books and this is one of my favourites. Carrie is no ordinary girl; she is an outcast teenager with a frightening power. Once you start reading a Stephen King book it is impossible to put it down!

Peter Lupton

Peter Lupton, Wales and Workington, recommends:
Proxima by Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter writes some of the best science fiction books and this latest offering doesn’t disappoint. It’s set in the 27th century and tells the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new Eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever. It’s terrifically imagined and addictively compelling.

Danny Jones

Danny Jones, Wales and Keighly, recommends:
Dark Entries by Ian Rankin

I don’t always have enough time to sit down to read a long novel (though I do love reading) so something like a graphic novel fits better into my lifestyle. Dark Entries features John Constantine who is hired by a TV company to take part in their latest project. It’s a big brother style show that has housemates in a building with no contact with the outside world, and where scary things will happen. Those should be controlled by the TV company, but scary things are happening that they've no control over. Step in John to find what's up.

John Griffiths

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport recommends:
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

“It is an inspirational story about the struggle of the common man against overwhelming odds."

Roy Noble

Roy Noble recommends:
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I would recommend a book by Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote Treasure Island. R.L.Stevenson was a great adventure story teller and, as well as Treasure Island, boys should also read ' Kidnapped', a tale of adventure in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of the 18th century after Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated.

Sian Lloyd

Sian lloyd recommends:
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

A masterpiece that grips the reader from its very first and famous opening line "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" . It's easy to become lost in the dream like quality of the story.

Behnaz Akhgar

Behnaz Akhgar recommends:
The Power to Shape Your Destiny by Anthony Robbins

The book that recently had a massive impact on my life was an audiobook called the Power to shape your destiny by Anthony Robbins. I am forever reading self-help books as I am always looking at ways improve my character and the way I live. I travel a lot so audiobooks are a must for me. I listened to this book when I was going through a difficult time and it really calmed me down. It’s very inspiring and it’s a good start if you are looking for ideas on how to make changes. A 10 out of 10 from me.

Jaimie Owen

Jaimie Owen recommends:
The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift

'The Morville Hours' written by Kathrine Swift is one of my favourite books. Its a book that I wish I had written. Katherine arrived at the Dower House at Morville to create a garden of her own. Its a beautifully written, utterly absorbing book is the history of the many people who have lived in the same Shropshire house, tending the same soil, passing down stories over the generations. Spanning thousands of years, The Morville Hours takes the form of a medieval Book of Hours. It is a meditative journey through the seasons, but also a journey of self-exploration. It is a book about finding one's place in the world and putting down roots.

Sara Edwards

Sara Edwards recommends:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society' by Mary Ann chaffer and Annie Barrows

I love reading so much that it is impossible to choose one favourite when I have so many, but at the moment it is 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society' by Mary Ann chaffer and Annie Barrows; read it and you'll see why!

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