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Keira Knightley's Book Picks

Knightley buries herself in books and has a penchant for the bleak. Recent reads include Bernhard Schlink's "beautiful" The Reader and Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road. "Two really depressing books but really good," she says. "Not exactly a barrel of laughs."

  1. The Reader By Bernhard Schlink

    Book Cover: The Reader By Bernhard Schlink
    (literature and fiction)

  2. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

    Book Cover: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    (girl fiction, literature and fiction, mystery and thrillers)

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Keira Knightley's Favorite Books

  1. Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing To Mass Murder by Gitta Sereny

    Book Cover: Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing To Mass Murder by Gitta Sereny

    "It’s a compilation of investigative journalism. It’s awful, but the way she writes is wonderful. I just started it. I’d never read any Martha Gellhorn before, and she’s a wonderful writer."

  2. War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy

    Book Cover: War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy
    (literature and fiction, classics, nonfiction)

    Keira: fave book is War & Peace"

  3. Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

    Book Cover: Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen
    (literature and fiction)

    "Q. What was your favorite book as a child?
    Keira: I think actually it was "Pride and Prejudice." I was totally obsessed with it from the age of eight. "

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Why should you listen to her?

Keira Knightley caught the notice of moviegoers in 2003 with major roles in the small-budget charmer Bend it Like Beckham and the big-budget extravaganza Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (opposite Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom). Knightley began acting as a child and appeared in films and on television in the U.K. before being cast in George Lucas's Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999). Hired for her porcelain-skinned resemblance to Natalie Portman, Knightley played Sabé, Queen Amidala's decoy and bodyguard. She was almost too beautiful as an object of desire in Love Actually (2003, as Chiwetel Ejiofor's bride) and got great reviews for Pride and Prejudice (2005, based on the Jane Austen novel), but she also had the misfortune of appearing in the box office duds King Arthur (2004, starring Clive Owen), The Jacket (2005, with Adrien Brody) and Domino (2005). Knightley rejoined Depp and Bloom for the lucrative sequels Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), and was the star of the 2007 drama Atonement.

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