Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ellis-Bextor reveals love of books

Published 17/05/2015 | 10:51

Sophie Ellis Bextor was encouraged to read a variety of titles by her mother, Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis
Sophie Ellis Bextor was encouraged to read a variety of titles by her mother, Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis

Sophie Ellis-Bextor said her love of books was nurtured by her television presenter mother, who encouraged her "to read hamburgers as well as steaks".

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The singer and mother of three, 36, said she was encouraged to read a variety of titles by her mother, Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, during her childhood.

She told the Sunday Express's S magazine: "I was always into reading and read a lot of books on holiday when I was seven or eight. I would easily read a book a day.

"I remember getting into these things called Point Horror - these silly thriller, horror books that were a series. I remember mum saying it was OK to read hamburgers, just try a few steaks too, so I tried to intersperse it with other things."

The Murder On The Dancefloor singer said she would count Daphne du Maurier's gothic classic Rebecca among her favourite books.

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