Monday, 21 April 2014

Just William, John Niven and Jules Verne: Rick Wakeman on his six best books

rick wakeman, yesYes keyboard player Rick Wakeman loves classic literature and poetry[GETTY]
Rick Wakeman, 64, is the former keyboard player with Yes whose concept albums in the 1970s included King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
He is performing the latter on a 40th anniversary tour, which starts next Thursday (
1. THE MOON IS A BALLOON by David Niven (Penguin, £9.99)
I’m a huge thespian groupie and fan of 1930s, 1940s and 1950s films. This was unlike any other autobiography because it was completely rambling. It wasn’t chronological, he connected each bit anecdotally, which I loved. And it was very funny.
2. THE COLLECTED POEMS by TE Brown (BiblioLife, £21.99)
When I lived on the Isle of Man I was introduced to Brown, a 19th-century Manx poet. I remember sitting in the garden reading it. It is so descriptive of the island but also readable for somebody who has never been.
3. DOWN TO A SUNLESS SEA by David Graham (Simon & Schuster, £16.99)
A novel that I bought at an airport just because I liked the title but I loved it. It’s about what happens to the planes in the air when nuclear war breaks out. Near the end there’s a clever twist, then there’s another one. If I’d had the money I’d have bought the film rights.

Live At The Empire Pool
CD - £9.99

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 1981
DVD/CD - £9.99

Live in Lincoln Cathedral
2CD - £7.99

Live At The Maltings
DVD/CD - £9.99

Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

The Burning 
CD - £9.99

Cirque Surreal 
CD - £7.99

CD - £9.99

CD - £9.99

Cost Of Living 
CD - £9.99

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