Julian Huppert MP: "Sherlock Holmes - without the drugs"

Written by Julian Huppert MP on 13 December 2012 in Culture
Julian Huppert, Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, reveals his favourite books and literary characters

This article is from the January 2013 issue of Total Politics

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Just an amazingly creative and fun book.

What’s your least favourite?

Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, because I had to study it for GCSE English.

What’s your favourite political biography?

Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.

Who would you like to write a political biography about?

John Maynard Keynes; a life-long Liberal, Keynes’ political and economic philosophy is over-trivialised, but was in fact far more subtle and powerful than is often realised.

What was your favourite children’s book?

King Matt the First. It’s an astonishingly broad and moving story by Janusz Korczak

What’s the most inspiring book you have ever read?

The book that made me think the most was Rethinking Life and Death by Peter Singer, a set text at school. While I don’t agree with everything he argues, the analysis shaped my own thinking.

What’s your favourite political novel?

Michael Dobbs’ House of Cards trilogy: chilling, both as the books and the excellent TV series.

Name the most significant book in the last 10 years

Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air by David MacKay. It’s a brilliantly clear presentation of how we use energy and where we can get it from. A must-read, especially since it’s free online (www.withouthotair.com) as well as a bestseller.

What would you like to write a book about? 

I’m not sure I would... though I’d love to have the skill to write short stories to explore the outcomes of new ideas, like the best science fiction authors.

Which fictional character would you be?  

I’d love to have the insight of a Sherlock Holmes – without the drug addiction.

Julian Huppert is MP for Cambridge

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