Ask a celebrity and expect to receive a pretentious answer

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Having caught comedian-turned-psychologist Pamela Stephenson on the BBC’s My Life in Books recently, I realised why there’s nothing like combining a celebrity with a worthy idea to spawn a culture bore.

Asking well-known folk to talk about their favourite reads is just another opportunity for them to get their fame-loving faces on the TV.

They’re unlikely to squander any moment in the spotlight by giving a humble or straight-forward answer to the question: ‘What’s your favourite book?’

So Stephenson responded with Homer’s The Odyssey – a book absolutely no-one in the history of reading has chosen to take up for pleasure.

Perhaps she didn’t want to appear thick by naming the latest Danielle Steel. But now she just looks pretentious.