Pete Doherty’s Favorite Books


Despite struggling with substance-abuse and its accompanying legal troubles for the majority of his adult life, Pete Doherty is met with great fanfare in England for his ability to craft a tune, serving as singer, guitarist, and songwriter for The Libertines and Babyshambles.  Doherty is also an accomplished poet – at 16 he won a national poetry competition which resulted in an opportunity to work with the British Counsel in Russia. Known to be a voracious reader, the following is a selection of some of Doherty’s favorite books (compiled from numerous interviews conducted over the years) – for more information on a book, click on the associated image (via Amazon).


Crime and Punishment

Down and Out in Paris and London

Oscar Wilde, Complete Collection

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est: An Appreciation


Our Lady of the Flowers

Flowers of Evil

Brighton Rock

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon

Arthur Rimbaud: Complete Works

The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Billy Liar


Oscar Wilde’s classic play, Salome, inspired Doherty’s song of the same name on his album Grace Wastelands.

(Source: June 2012 Interview with Nina Antonia, Hackney, London)

If you are unfamiliar with Doherty’s works, we strongly recommend checking out the following:

The Books of Albion

From Albion to Shangri-La

Up the Bracket

Down In Albion

One Reply to “Pete Doherty’s Favorite Books”

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