Cultural Life: Amy Macdonald, singer


Music

I just bought the new Guillemots album Red. I really loved their first album, Through the Windowpane. I also have the new Hot Chip album, Made in the Dark; I love the single "Ready For the Floor". I've started listening to my Bruce Springsteen collection again.

Books
My mum is always telling me to read Alexander Masters's biography Stuart: A Life Backwards. It's about his friendship with a homeless alcoholic called Stuart Shorter. It was adapted into a BBC2 drama. At the moment, I'm reading absolutely nothing because I have such a hectic schedule. I have just finished Sword of God by Chris Kuzneski; it's another Da Vinci Code style of book. You know: is there a God? My favourite book is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. I read it for my Higher English exam at school in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow; that's the equivalent of A-levels. I was lucky to get that book to study as some of my friends had really boring books. I also loved the film. I have The Lord of the Rings trilogy but the thought of starting it is too overwhelming.

Film
I love Steven Spielberg's 1975 film Jaws, because when I was younger it used to be so scary but now sharks chasing humans is comical. I watch it for a laugh. I haven't seen any films on planes because I've not been on long-haul flights recently. I want to see 10,000 BC, about a young mammoth hunter who sets out on an epic journey to secure the future of a tribe, directed by Roland Emmerich. I want to see the U2 3D movie of U2 in concert. I got the Band of Brothers DVD box-set: true Second World War stories turned into a TV series.

Theatre & opera
I have never been to the theatre or to the opera – although I have seen pantomimes. My life has changed so much in the last two years since I last saw Cinderella that I haven't had much time to get to a pantomime. I got a record deal and the rest is history.

Amy Macdonald performs at the TCT sessions gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, for Teenage Cancer Trust on Sunday. For tickets, visit www.teenagecancertrust.org.

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