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Letter To My Younger Self

George Benson: ‘My mother taught me how to be a human being’
Music

George Benson: ‘My mother taught me how to be a human being’

James Ellroy: ‘I was 17 and on the loose in LA, and looking for trouble’
Books

James Ellroy: ‘I was 17 and on the loose in LA, and looking for trouble’

Judith Kerr: ‘The British were so friendly to us as refugees’
Social Justice

Judith Kerr: ‘The British were so friendly to us as refugees’

Jeremy Kyle: ‘I believe The Jeremy Kyle Show changes people’s lives’
TV

Jeremy Kyle: ‘I believe The Jeremy Kyle Show changes people’s lives’

Russell T Davies: ‘I wish my mum had lived to see me making Doctor Who’
TV

Russell T Davies: ‘I wish my mum had lived to see me making Doctor Who’

Don Felder: ‘I think I lost my long-term vision with alcohol and drugs’
Music

Don Felder: ‘I think I lost my long-term vision with alcohol and drugs’

Don Felder: ‘I’d relive the moment I wrote Hotel California riff if I could’
Music

Don Felder: ‘I’d relive the moment I wrote Hotel California riff if I could’

K.D Lang: ‘Fame changed me. I thought I was prepared for it’
Music

K.D Lang: ‘Fame changed me. I thought I was prepared for it’

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Ian McEwan: ‘We thought we were on the cutting edge of experience. Nonsense’
Books

Ian McEwan: ‘We thought we were on the cutting edge of experience. Nonsense’

Michael Ball: ‘I hid in my flat for months. I suffered so badly with nerves’
Music

Michael Ball: ‘I hid in my flat for months. I suffered so badly with nerves’

Kiefer Sutherland: ‘I didn’t know how lucky I was being in The Lost Boys’
Film

Kiefer Sutherland: ‘I didn’t know how lucky I was being in The Lost Boys’

Ralph Fiennes: ‘Don’t be complacent. Have the courage to speak your mind’
Film

Ralph Fiennes: ‘Don’t be complacent. Have the courage to speak your mind’

Francis Rossi: ‘I was lucky. I was able to just give up drugs’
Culture

Francis Rossi: ‘I was lucky. I was able to just give up drugs’

Simon Amstell: ‘I had to lie about who I was because I liked boys’
TV

Simon Amstell: ‘I had to lie about who I was because I liked boys’

Chiwetel Ejiofor: ‘Education is the most important thing we have’
Film

Chiwetel Ejiofor: ‘Education is the most important thing we have’

Don Warrington: ‘I had a secret longing to be an actor since I was a boy’
Film

Don Warrington: ‘I had a secret longing to be an actor since I was a boy’

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Kwame Kwei-Armah: ‘I would live in fear of being stabbed by skinheads’
TV

Kwame Kwei-Armah: ‘I would live in fear of being stabbed by skinheads’

Richard E Grant: ‘Every job I’ve had is a result of being in Withnail & I’
Film

Richard E Grant: ‘Every job I’ve had is a result of being in Withnail & I’

Tom Kerridge: ‘My mum is the greatest thing ever’
TV

Tom Kerridge: ‘My mum is the greatest thing ever’

Andrea Bocelli: ‘I owe my parents an awful lot’
Music

Andrea Bocelli: ‘I owe my parents an awful lot’

Shirley Ballas: ‘I’ve spent my life in an industry dominated by men’
Culture

Shirley Ballas: ‘I’ve spent my life in an industry dominated by men’

Dominic West: ‘I feel I’m in the summer of my life – it can’t last forever’
TV

Dominic West: ‘I feel I’m in the summer of my life – it can’t last forever’

Stella Rimington: ‘KGB saw us as extraordinary creatures from another world’
Books

Stella Rimington: ‘KGB saw us as extraordinary creatures from another world’

Jean-Michel Jarre: ‘My success was so big and violent it was almost abstract’
Film

Jean-Michel Jarre: ‘My success was so big and violent it was almost abstract’

Mark Knopfler: ‘I’ve been tested, but the desire to make music has remained’
Music

Mark Knopfler: ‘I’ve been tested, but the desire to make music has remained’

Roger Daltrey: ‘I’ve not been perfect, but I hope I learned from my mistakes’
Music

Roger Daltrey: ‘I’ve not been perfect, but I hope I learned from my mistakes’

Chris Bonington: ‘Even after loss, I’ve never considered not being a climber’
News

Chris Bonington: ‘Even after loss, I’ve never considered not being a climber’

Mishal Husain: The presenting powerhouse doesn’t know any other way to live
TV

Mishal Husain: The presenting powerhouse doesn’t know any other way to live

Romesh Ranganathan’s teenage struggle with poverty was ‘insane’
TV

Romesh Ranganathan’s teenage struggle with poverty was ‘insane’

Prue Leith: I was amazingly selfish and amazingly unaware as a teenager
TV

Prue Leith: I was amazingly selfish and amazingly unaware as a teenager

Ruth Davidson: I thought I’d be married in my early twenties with two kids
Politics

Ruth Davidson: I thought I’d be married in my early twenties with two kids

Rod Stewart: The 16-year-old me wouldn’t believe I’m still doing this at 73
Music

Rod Stewart: The 16-year-old me wouldn’t believe I’m still doing this at 73

Coleen Nolan: Losing my sister made me question my own mortality
Music

Coleen Nolan: Losing my sister made me question my own mortality

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