Kathy Burke and Tom Allen
Actor Kathy Burke and comedian Tom Allen talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert - by Patrick Hamilton, John Waters and Barbara Pym. But who picks what?
Actor Kathy Burke and comedian Tom Allen talk books with Harriett Gilbert. Kathy's favourite book is Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton. She first read it when she was 14 and has gone back to it over and over again, irresistibly drawn by the central character, George Harvey Bone.
Role Models, a kind of memoir by the American film-maker John Waters (Hairspray, Cry-Baby) is a book that means a lot to Tom Allen. It's a celebration of the outsider and of a different way of seeing life.
Then Harriett gets them to read Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym. To say that the book does not go down at all well would be a severe understatement.. but the resulting conversation is hugely enjoyable.
Producer Beth O'Dea.