Brought to book: Nigel Adams MP

Written by 16 Oct 2013 on 16 October 2013 in Culture
The Conservative MP for Selby and Ainsty and PPS to the leader of the House of Lords lets us in on his reading habits

Penguins Stopped Play by Harry Thompson. It’s hard not to find this book about a touring amateur cricket team hilarious. A brilliant tale of sporting and logistical incompetence, it follows the Captain Scott’s XI’s adventures as its members play cricket on every continent.

What’s your least favourite?

I, Partridge: We need to talk about Alan by Alan Partridge. As an Alan Partridge fan, I was so disappointed with this yawn fest. I didn’t even manage to make it halfway through.

What’s your favourite political biography?

The Road to Westminster, and my impression of Parliament by Harold Hales (1936). It tells the story of swashbuckling Potteries businessman Hales who decided at the last minute to run as a Conservative candidate in 1931. The only seat that Conservative Central Office had to offer was the safe Labour seat of Hanley near Stoke on Trent, which he was told he had no chance of winning – but Harold had other ideas…

Whom would you like to write a political biography about?

Jacob Rees-Mogg, The Downing Street Years. A book about Jacob Rees-Mogg in Number 10 would make for a fantastically entertaining read. As well as being an incredibly charming man, his oratory in the chamber is already stuff of legend. As PM, I think we would witness a different style of politics.

What was your favourite children’s book?

Mr Men series by Roger Hargreaves. I remember reading lots of factual books as a child, but I was taken by the Mr Men characters. Mr Tickle was an early favourite.

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

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson. I was struck that despite what would be seen as a privileged upbringing, Branson still had plenty of obstacles to overcome..

What’s your favourite political novel?

House of Cards by Michael Dobbs. The character Francis Urquhart was a brilliant creation and his plot to get rid of a prime minister was gripping.

What would you like to write a book about?

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s domination of county cricket from 2013 to 2023. I sense that in its 150th anniversary year, it could be on the verge of a new era of supremacy.

Which fictional character would you be?

It will be factual not fiction!

Nigel Adams is Conservative MP for Selby and Ainsty

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