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ComRes MPs’ Summer Reading Survey


New research from ComRes shows that Harper Lee has been leading the way on what MPs have been reading this summer. The survey of 152 Members of Parliament found that her new novel Go Set a Watchman is the book most likely to be on the summer reading lists of MPs, while the original To Kill a Mockingbird is the second most popular book with parliamentarians. Go Set a Watchman topped the list for both Conservative and Labour MPs and follows her domination of the public bestsellers lists this summer.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series comes in third on the list of books on MPs’ reading lists, followed by Alan Johnson’s Please, Mister Postman in fourth. This follows his success with This Boy, which was the second most popular book on MPs’ summer reading lists when it was released in 2013. Finally, with a new intake of MPs entering the House following the General Election, Paul Flynn’s How to be an MP wraps up the top five.

Rank Book (Author)
1 Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)
2 To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
3 Jack Reacher series (Lee Child)
4 Please, Mister Postman (Alan Johnson)
5 How to be an MP (Paul Flynn)


Date Published: 10th August 2015

Categories: Consumer | Policy Makers | UK


Methodology Note: ComRes interviewed 152 MPs online and by paper survey from 9th June to 1st August 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of the House of Commons by party and region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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