What will our politicians be reading and watching over the summer break?

Alphabetical Sydney, by Antonia Pesenti and Hilary Bell, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will read to his grandchildren. Photo: act\lisa.whitaker Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, season 5, which Greens deputy leader Larissa Waters intends to catch up on. Photo: HBO / showcase

Clare Danes in Homeland, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be watching. Photo: Channel Ten

Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which Greens deputy leader Larissa Waters wants to see. Photo: Lucasfilm

From weighty historical tomes to spy thrillers, modern prizewinning classics to kids’ books, our federal politicians have a lot of reading to get through over the summer break – if they can tear themselves away from Homeland, Game of Thrones and Star Wars.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be reading Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury, about the revitalisation of Newcastle, and Darleen Bungey’s biography of Australian artist John Olsen.

He’ll also be reading children’s book Alphabetical Sydney to his grandkids, Jack and Isla – and catching up on the latest season of Homeland as well as Aussie shows Janet King and Glitch.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be taking on Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize-winning wartime masterpiece, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. She’ll also be spending time with British Conservative Boris Johnson’s loving book about Winston Churchill.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will be reading mostly Australian-authored books: Australian of the Year Rosie Batty’s A Mother’s Story; Tom Keneally’s Napoleon’s Last Island; Peter FitzSimons’ Fromelles and Pozieres: In the Trenches of Hell; and Don Watson’s Worst Words.

He’ll also decompress with Ascendance, the latest in John Birmingham’s David Hooper urban fantasy trilogy.

His deputy, Tanya Plibersek, has a hefty to-read list, starting with Dictator, the conclusion to Robert Harris’ Cicero trilogy, and Eric Ambler’s 1938 thriller, Epitaph for a Spy.

She’ll also be reading British political book Blue Labour, David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Geraldine Brooks’ latest historical epic, The Secret Chord – in between catching up on the ABC’s Please Like Me and rewatching 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.

Treasurer Scott Morrison will be tackling William Dalrymple’s From The Holy Mountain, the 1997 history of monk John Moschos’ travels through Byzantine in the sixth century.

His Labor counterpart, Chris Bowen, is reading a biography of British politician Rab Butler, John Boyne’s Catholic Church sex-abuse cover-up novel A History of Loneliness, and Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed new novel, Where My Heart Used to Beat.

Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm plans to read Ally, Michael B. Oren’s memoir of his time as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, and John Watson’s Politics, Policy and the Chance of Change. He’s also on the lookout for “a really good juicy spy novel”.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale says he has no plans to do anything other than spend time with his kids.

His deputy, Larissa Waters, will be reading the new books by her two favourite authors: Island Home by Tim Winton and The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Berniere.

She’ll be one of the first in line to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and she’ll also be catching up on season five of Game of Thrones: “I know I am an entire season behind! No spoilers!”

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