East 17 star Tony Mortimer reads first of 67 novels after turning 50

East 17 star Tony Mortimer reads his first novel after turning 50 — then reads 64 more with Shakespeare next on the list East 17 boyband member Tony Mortimer reads first novel, aged 50 in lockdown Now the Stay Another Day hitmaker is 10,000 words into writing his own book   Discovered passion for reading after daughter downloaded an app on his phone 

By Milly Vincent For Mailonline

Published: 10:37 GMT, 1 November 2020 | Updated: 11:17 GMT, 1 November 2020

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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

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

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