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Book-loving celebrities name their favourite fictional reads

A person's taste in books can be seen as something of a window into their soul. 

It's perhaps unsurprising that a fairly reserved actress like Keira Knightley is drawn to the genteel drama of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. And Lena Dunham, not a lady to shy away from taboo, finds creative stimulation in the complex, troubled characters  of Vladimir Nabokov. 

Just as she is attracted to intense film roles, Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman likes her reading material meaty too, opting for Leo Tolstoy's formidable work War & Peace as her book of inspiration. On the other end of the scale, Halle Berry is a lady after our own hearts by singling out teen classic Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume as her life-changing tome of choice.

JK Rowling, meanwhile, hits miles out of the Harry Potter comfort zone with one of her favourite books - the bleak domestic violence masterpiece that is Roddy Doyle's The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

From weighty period drama to contemporary fiction, children's books and little-known foreign novels, come read more about the stars' favourite fictional reads - and grab a little flavour for your own bookshelf along the way. 

Photos: Getty Images and Rex Features. With thanks to Oprah's celebrity bookshelf feature for some of the featured quotes



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