Jacob Rees-Mogg tells MPs his reading list suggestions for summer recess: Quite tempted!

Jacob Rees-Mogg shares his 'terrific' book suggestions

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Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg hosted a business question session in the House of Commons before it broke up for summer recess and was asked by a Tory backbencher for his book suggestions for MPs who now had the time to catch up on their reading. Prime Minister Boris Johnson recommended a book called “Scoop” by Evelyn Waugh which focused on the British media and foreign correspondents with Mr Rees-Mogg asked to add to the list. The Tory heavyweight remarked the PM’s recommendation was a good one and went on to suggest his books to the amusement of attending MPs. 

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Rees-Mogg was asked his book suggestions for MPs to read over the summer recess. 

He told the House: “The ‘Scoop’ is such a wonderful and amusing book so I’m very tempted to crib from the Prime Minister. 

“But as I expect, like many members of the House, I have a number of books on the go – some in Somerset and some in London. 

“I would particularly recommend Marc Morris ‘The Anglo Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England’ which is a really terrific read.”

Historian Marc Morris has appeared on Channel 4 as a history expert and has written multiple books on English history.

Unsurprisingly, “The Anglo Saxons” looks at England in the aftermath of the fall of the Roman empire and the struggles of those who were left behind. 

Mr Rees-Mogg continued: “I’m also currently reading Ellis Peters, The Holy Thief which is one of the Cadfael novels.

“So if you like a bit of whodunit from the Middle Ages that’s not a bad one. 

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“In the Middle-Age theme, Walter Hilton ‘The Ladder of Perfection’ is perhaps not the most popular book in the world at the moment but it is still in print and had been again since the Middle-Ages.”

Written in the 14th-century, The Ladder of Perfection is essentially a spiritual guide for Christianity.

Mr Rees-Mogg then gave two more suggestions from the British author P.G Wodehouse.

He said: “One is ‘Love Among the Chickens’ which is his first novel and it explains the complexities of compound interest to anyone who is unaware of how compound interest works – in relation to the breeding of chickens.

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“Or ‘The Code of the Woosters’ and I’m particularly thinking of that at the moment because in one of London’s leading silver stores there is a schuppe cow creamer on offer and I must confess I am quite tempted.”

Written in 1938, “The Code of the Woosters” follows the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves with an 18-century cow creamer put at the centre of the story. 

Mr Rees-Mogg is not the only high-profile MP who has shared their book recommendations for the House of Commons summer recess. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak recommends Ben Lyttleton’s “Twelve Yard” which looks at the psychology and technique required to score a football penalty – appearing to be influenced by England’s performance at the Euros 2020. 

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson picked Erich Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front”, a book written in 1929 which looked at German soldiers during World War one and their mental health. 

The House of Commons is set to return on September 6 after breaking for summer recess on July 22.

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