By Milly Vincent For Mailonline
Published: 10:37 GMT, 1 November 2020 | Updated: 11:17 GMT, 1 November 2020
East 17 boyband member Tony Mortimer has revealed that he read his first novel during lockdown, at the age of 50, and is now working his way through the classics.
Having spent the last 29 years writing hip-hop lyrics and touring the world on-and-off with one of the most successful boybands of the 90s Tony had always turned to films to watch the classics as 'it was quicker'.
But after picking up a book in April during the first national UK lockdown (that began March 16) he found the secret world of books was 'an escapism from the world', reports The Times.
Now after having read 67 books in the months since Tony has started writing his own novel. He is following the how-to guide by Stephen King, the American novelist of supernatural fiction.
East 17 boyband member Tony Mortimer has revealed that he read his first novel during lockdown, at the age of 50
Tony credits his daughter Ocean, 27, for introducing him to reading through an app on his phone and admits that he had to force himself to take up the task before finally realising its joy