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Lily Cole: 5 books my daughter must read

Gabrielle Fagan speaks to Lily Cole to find out which books she'd like to pass on to her child

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Former supermodel Lily Cole found fame when she was a teenager and since then she’s launched a successful acting career. She’s appeared in films including the remake of St Trinian’s and with the late Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, and is currently on screen in the title role in Channel Five’s historical drama, Elizabeth I. The 29-year-old, who’s on the judging panel of the Kindle Storyteller Award 2017, searched her bookshelves to find the books she wants her 17-month-old daughter, Wylde, to read as she grows up.

1. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling


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2.  Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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When I was 16, director Marilyn Manson asked me to play Alice in his film about the story and that helped fuel my interest in film so the story's quite special to me. I've already started reading parts of the book to her.

3.  Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari

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It's one of the best books I’ve read recently and gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed and helps us understand why and who we are today.

4. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

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It looks at life from a feminist perspective. It is about love and marriage, motherhood, pregnancy, birth and family-making, and is fascinating. I've started to feel that feminism is one of the most important issues we have.

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5. My guide to life

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I'm toying with the idea of writing my daughter a guide to life which may be fictional or non-fictional. I'd like to try and take what I've learnt so far and pass it on to her.  My idea is that she can edit it, cross out the bits she doesn’t agree with, add in a few ideas of her own and then pass it on to her kids.  Also, it would give her something to rebel against which is very important!

Lily Cole is on the judging panel of The Kindle Storyteller Award 2017, a £20,000 literary prize recognising new work submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. For information visit Amazon.



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