Parliamentarians share #BookThatMadeMe selections

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As MPs embark on Summer Recess, the Publishers Association today releases its Summer Reading List for Parliamentarians 2022.

This year’s list is linked to the #BookThatMadeMe campaign, which celebrates books that have had a positive personal impact.

The idea behind the campaign is to highlight the power reading has to inspire and influence people throughout life and the personal value of books. Titles included in the list have been highlighted by MPs and Peers as books that have helped make them the person they are today.

Contributors include Mark Drakeford,  Stephen Timms, Sarah Champion, Sarah Olney, Andrew Lewer, Robert Halfon, Rachel Maclean, Nickie Aiken, Mims Davies, Alison Thewliss and Rachel Reeves.

Nominated books include Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Dan Conway, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, said:

“We are delighted to share this year’s list of recommendations, themed around our #BookThatMadeMe campaign. There are some really interesting selections, classic and contemporary books from a range of genres that bring to life the personal value of books and the role they can play in shaping people. As we enter the Summer holidays and many people may be able to find more time to read, we’d love everyone to share a book that made them.”

The Publishers Association thanks Nickie Aiken MP for her support producing the reading list.

You can read the complete Summer Reading List for Parliamentarians 2022 here.