Donal Logue recommends


CBC Books is always on the look-out for book recommendations from some of our CBC personalities who love a good story. Recently, we got in touch with actor Donal Logue, one of the stars of CBC Television's brand-new adaptation of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. The film will air on Sunday Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

Versatile actor Donal Logue has numerous film and tv credits to his name from mainstream blockbusters like Ghost Rider to quirky indie flicks like The Tao of Steve, for which he won a special jury prize for outstanding performance when the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. TV watchers might recognize him as a regular on series such as The Knights of Prosperity and Grounded For Life. In Sunshine Sketches he plays Josh Smith (he's seen in character in the photo below, with Owen Best as the young Stephen Leacock). He's also a smartypants Harvard grad.

Here's what he had to say about what he's been reading lately:

"I recently plowed through Simon Schama's A History of Britain (Volumes I -III) and was thoroughly blown away, both by the influence wielded by the people of that tiny island over the course of human history and by the scope of the work itself. Schama was a visiting scholar at Harvard while I was a student there and he is perhaps the most brilliant and entertaining lecturer that can be found anywhere on any subject. His masterful take on the story of that 'precious stone set in the silver sea' is a must read for anyone with an iota of interest in history."

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history of britain.jpgA History of Britain
by Simon Schama

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From the publisher:

"The history of Britain is turbulent, bloody, and peopled with dramatic characters. No one is better equipped to tell this story than Simon Schama, a great historian whose talent is for bringing history to life and recreating scenes and characters with extraordinary vigour and power. Moving from the early pre-Roman days of the Saxons and Celts, through the Roman invasion and the resistance, to the Middle Ages and its complicated succession of kings and queens, through the Tudors..."