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EMILY PRESCOTT: Adele spends £1,000 on Chelsea book craze

EMILY PRESCOTT: Adele spends £1,000 during Chelsea book craze so she can have an erudite background on Zoom

She reportedly had a series of “explosive” arguments over the design of the set for her ill-fated Las Vegas residency.

But when it comes to the most important backdrop of modern life in the public eye – the library backdrop that is shown on Zoom calls – Adele took matters into her own hands and walked into a London bookstore famous, announcing: ‘I want a library.’

My mole says to me, “She walked into the Chelsea branch of Daunt Books with a friend.

“All the staff were thrilled when she walked in, wearing sunglasses and looking like a superstar. She proceeded to pull books from the shelves without even looking at the spines or reading the blurbs, and piled them near the cash register.

“I said, ‘You buy a lot of books,’ and she said, ‘Yes, I want a library. The total bill was around £1,000.

Popular singer Adele, pictured, has splashed out £1,000 on books so she can have an impressive backdrop for Zoom meetings

The singer and a friend arrived at the Chelsea branch of Daunt Books, pictured

The singer and a friend arrived at the Chelsea branch of Daunt Books, pictured

Reviewing – and judging – the reading material displayed on celebrities’ shelves has become something of a national obsession since lockdown video calls gave us a glimpse into their homes. There’s even a hilarious Twitter account called Bookcase Credibility, which has 115,000 followers.

Images of Adele’s shelves in her London home, which she stocked before the pandemic, show a random mix of books, including London Blitzed: Drugs In The Third Reich.

And she wouldn’t be the first person to buy books willy-nilly. High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale came under fire last week after admitting to buying 400 books to fill her shelves ahead of a photoshoot at her California home.

Adele, 33, was recently asked about her book collection in a video interview with Vogue at her home in Los Angeles. The diverse collection included titles The Mosaics Of Rome and Japanese Prints. “There are some good ones up there,” she said as the camera scanned the shelves.

When the interviewer asked, “Can you learn a lot about a person from the books they’re holding?” Adele replied, “Well, I would say that, but I don’t know a lot of people anymore who have real books at home.They seem to have Kindle or they just don’t read at all or on their phone.

I can only defer to Bookcase Credibility’s tagline, which says, “What you say is not as important as the library behind you.”