Brought to book: James Duddridge MP

Written by James Duddridge MP on 29 January 2014 in Culture
The Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East lets us in on his reading habits

George Orwell’s 1984. This novel still stands as a warning to us all about the dangers of totalitarianism. Plus I can’t stand rats!

What’s your least favourite?

The Great Tide by Hilda Grieve. This depressing collection of stories remains a stark reminder of that dreadful night in 1953 when Southend and Essex were hit by an onslaught of sea water which caused terrible flooding and many deaths. 

What’s your favourite political biography?

Alan Clark’s diaries. This classic has it all. As chair of the Africa APPG I recently met some Ugandans to discuss Ugandan affairs [Alan Clark allegedly referred to Africa as “Bongo Bongo Land”].

What was your favourite children’s book?

Anything by Enid Blyton. Wonderfully politically incorrect! 

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

Mandarin: The Diaries of Nicholas Henderson. This diary offers a fascinating insight into the life of a British diplomat during the Cold War and gives a first-hand glimpse of the relationship between Thatcher and Reagan.

What’s your favourite political novel?

Michaels Dobbs’ House of Cards, but I think even the chief whip can’t get away with murder!

Name the most significant book of the last 10 years

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. I’ve worn out my copy.

What would you like to write a book about?

The trials, tribulations and successes of investing in 12 different African countries, in 12 different markets and 12 different sectors.

Which fictional character would you be?

Winnie-the-Pooh because he is a jolly dyslexic. I hope I am jolly and I am certainly dyslexic.

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