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Written by Tim Farron MP on 17 July 2009 in Culture
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What is your favourite book and why?England's Dreaming by Jon Savage - an absolutely wonderful and extremely comprehensive account of British punk rock.

What is your favourite book and why?

England's Dreaming by Jon Savage - an absolutely wonderful and extremely comprehensive account of British punk rock.

What is your favourite holiday book?

The Dogs of God by James Reston Jr - it's a wonderfully vivid account of the happenings in Spain in 1492. I read it on holiday in Andaluc­a a couple of years ago and it was very atmospheric!

What is your favourite political book?

Against Goliath by David Steel - because its written in such a disarming and personal style. It starts in the early Grimond years and moves on to a time when I was beginning to get active in Liberal Party politics so there are a lot of characters that I know.

What was your favourite book as a child?

Any of the Asterix books - because the good guys win, but the bad guys are entertaining and they are very educational.

Name a significant book that was published in the last 10 years?

Henning Mankell's crime novels featuring the Swedish detective Kurt Wallander were extremely significant because it got me hooked on fiction again!

What is your least favourite book?

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I'm a Christian, but I don't object to people criticising my faith or even trying to ‘disprove' it. However, I do object to bright people like Dawkins writing uncritical and abysmally researched polemic and then parading it as a respectable work.

What was the most inspiring book you have ever read and why?

The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis. The book doesn't give you a get out jail card when it comes to grief, but in a clear and Biblically consistent way it helps you to understand something about why such things happen in a world ruled by a loving and all powerful God. Heavy but sublime too.

Tim Farron is MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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