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I READ* by… Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris


1. Your favourite genre of reading matter: fiction, poetry, biography, comic, other?

I’m a sucker for self-help books.


2. Favourite book about film/theatre?

With Nails by Richard E Grant. It’s the most honest account of life in the film industry that I’ve read.


3. The book that has influenced you the most?

Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck. It’s the first self-help/spiritual development book I read. The message is simple but truly life changing when put into practice: ‘Stay present, be in the moment’!


4. Your favourite character(s) in literature?

Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice... he was my first love!


5. Favourite place to buy books?

The Book Depository – they have pretty much everything and for a bargain
price too.


6. Best book cover?

Raw, by Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein.


7. Most well-thumbed?

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup – every woman should have a copy on her bookshelf.


8. Your favourite children’s book?

Naomi’s Secret, by Carmen Harris! It started out as a story my mum made up for me at bedtime and ended up being published and read in primary schools all over the country.


9. Do you read on the toilet? If yes, what do you read?

No! Never there long enough!


* Naomie Harris was born and raised in London. She graduated with honours from Cambridge University where she studied Social and Political Sciences before training professionally as an actress at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since her debut in Danny Boyle’s zombie horror film 28 Days Later, Harris has been critically acclaimed with roles as varied as Bronx agent Trudy Joplin in Michael Mann’s Miami Vice and the voodoo queen Tia Dalma in Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean. She was most recently seen in John Alexander’s Small Island; with Andy Serkis in the Brit indie film, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll; and later in 2010 can be seen in David Attwood’s Blood and Oil and The First Grader from director Justin Chadwick.