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Political Reads for the 2017 General Election

16 May 2017

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Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election for 8 June 2017. The political system can be confusing and complicated, especially for first-time voters, so we’ve put together a short book list all about politics. From a ‘how should I vote’ quiz and a breakdown of party policies to fictional power struggles and chilling dystopias, we hope it helps you to make a decision in June.

Voting Counts – A website created by young people and for young people, this provides useful information on what the different political parties stand for. 

House of Cards by Michael Dobbs – Francis Urquhart is determined to be the next Prime Minister after Thatcher. Mattie Storin, a political correspondent, is equally determined to reveal a story of greed, corruption and possibly murder. This book loosely inspired the Netflix series and was written by a former political advisor.

The Power by Naomi Alderman – The Handmaid’s Tale for 2017, this is the story of what happens when structures of power are turned upside down. A must-read for anyone who’s interested in how small changes can affect the shape of history.

The Good Immigrant ed. by Nikesh Shukla – Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’. It’s poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking and – most importantly – real.

‘I Side With…’ – See which political parties your agree with on issues such as immigration, education and lowering the voting age.

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter – Fifteen-year-old Alena never really knew her political activist mother, who died when she was a baby. She has grown up with her older half-brother Danny and his boyfriend Nick in the east end of London. Now the area is threatened by a bomber who has been leaving explosive devices in supermarkets. It is only a matter of time before a bomb goes off…

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems in this story of how politics can affect the smallest details of our lives.

The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson – This groundbreaking book provides evidence to show how almost everything – from life expectancy to mental illness, violence to illiteracy – is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is. A fascinating read that could change the way you see the world.

Monday 22 May is your last chance to make sure you’re registered to vote in the general election. You can check that you’re registered (and register if not, it only takes a few minutes!) at

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