Paul Flynn guide tops MPs' summer reads

Paul Flynn guide tops MPs' summer reads

How to be an MP by Paul Flynn (Biteback) is chief among the list of summer reads for the nation’s politicians, according to a Blackwell's survey.

With a raft of new MPs taking their seats in parliament, the guide for MPs, with a foreword by speaker John Bercow, is the top pick to read this summer, with How Parliament Works by Robert Rogers and Rhodri Walters (Routledge), along with Boris Johnson’s Churchill Factor (Hodder).

Blackwell’s conducted a survey of UK’s 650 MPs to obtain the results, asking what books will be on their summer reading lists this year. Just under a third responded, with political titles popular choices for what to digest during their summer breaks when recess begins next week on 21st July.

Gareth Hardy, head of commercial at Blackwell’s, said: “It’s really interesting to see what MPs will be taking away with them on their summer break. The spread of titles highlights a wide area of interests, with only Boris Johnson’s Churchill Factor and Paul Flynn’s How to be an MP making onto multiple MPs’ lists.”

Other political titles cited include Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth (Oxford University Press), More Human by Steve Hilton - a former director of strategy for David Cameron (Virgin) -  The Black Banners: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda by Ali Soufan (Penguin) and The Unravelling: High Hopes & Missed Opportunities in Iraq by Emma Sky (Atlantic Books).

MPs will also be using books as escapism over their summer break, with fiction titles such as the much-publicised Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (William Heinemann), released today, selected by many, along with Lamentation by C J Samson (Mantle), The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador), and classics such as The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing (Fourth Estate). Lighter choices included The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (Orbit), The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown) and The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer (Pan Macmillan), the former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Hardy added: “For any MPs who are still deciding on their summer reading we would recommend Elena Ferrante’s three Neapolitan Novels (Europa Editions), which we are also looking forward to reading in preparation for the fourth and final novel in the autumn.”