Dua Lipa says that the “simple pleasure” of reading has helped her in “hectic” times.

Dua Lipa claims that the “simple pleasure” of reading helped her through the “hectic” times on tour and to connect with her legacy.

In a speech delivered at the 2022 Booker Prize ceremony, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter said that good writing “has the power to make people feel seen.”

The award was won by Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka for her novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida and presented by the queen consort.

In her remarks at the event, at The Roundhouse in London, Lipa credited Ismail Kadare, who won the inaugural International Booker Prize, for putting her language skills to the test as a child.

“It is such an honor to be among some of the greatest literary minds in the world to talk about one of the deepest joys in the world: the simple pleasure of reading a book,” he said.

“Reading is a passion that has taken many forms for me. Like countless other London school children, my early obsessions included Roald Dahl and Malorie Blackman, both of whom gave me little pearls of wisdom that still guide me today.

Lipa said Kadare’s work also helped her “connect with my family’s heritage and identity as Kosovar Albanians.”

“I learned of the Albanian spirit of resistance, that same stubborn determination that makes Kosovars fight for international recognition of our independence today,” he said.

The Brit Award winner continued: “I often wonder if the writers realize how many gifts they give us.



Today, my touring commitments take me all over the world and life is often hectic. Sometimes, just to survive, I need to adopt a tough look. And in these moments, it is the books that soften me

Dua Lipa

“Today, my touring commitments take me all over the world and life is often hectic. Sometimes, just to survive, I need to adopt a tough look.

“And in these moments, it’s the books that soften me.

“Good writing has the power to make people feel seen and must tell stories the world has ignored.

“We all just want to love and be loved and find our place in the world, and the writers really help us do that.”

Earlier this year, Lipa launched a podcast – Dua Lipa: At Your Service – in which she talks to guests including famous authors.

Concluding her remarks, she turned to the selected authors, saying: “If your book was something you wrote exclusively for yourself, to change the world or simply because you felt you had to, thank you for allowing us to enter the worlds that you create.

“It really means a lot to us readers.”

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