Jeremy Corbyn Interview (Part 2): On The Polls, His Future, What Leadership Means, And Feeding El Gato

Back on the road, and buoyed by the crowds at his campaign events since Parliament took its break, he seems more relaxed than ever. So what is he reading right now?

“I’ve just finished a book called ‘Man Tiger’ which I was given at the Royal Festival Hall. It’s a novel written by an Indonesian writer, which I enjoyed very much. It was about the complications of village life, tensions and stresses, which sadly ended up in a couple of murders, but that’s life – or that’s death actually, in that case.”

“And I was just reading a book about Chernobyl letters and Chernobyl writings [’Voices from Chernobyl’] about a woman describing how her firefighter husband went off to fight at fire at Chernobyl and then got airlifted to Moscow.

“And she’s describing in excruciating detail the collapse of his body systems as she’s trying to keep him going.  The dishonesty, the lies and everything else she was told by officialdom about it. So, it’s not easy bedtime reading, I have to say.

“But I always read something that is outside of what I do the rest of the time. I read history, I read poetry, and I’ve just been given a lovely book on Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft by a lovely woman in my constituency, a local councillor, Jenny Kay gave it to me.

“And that is fascinating because Mary Wollstonecraft lived in my constituency. But she also came from Hull, where I’m doing a human rights event about her next year.”

It’s a typically Corbyn-like set of interests. Nuclear disasters, poetry, feminism, combined with campaign events. In a message to HuffPost readers, he added: “Enjoy the summer, read widely, think deeply and profoundly, but be happy.”

Asked to sum up why they should vote for him, he replied: “I hope people understand that what we are doing in this leadership election is empowering people and communities, bringing forward a different economic strategy and economic policy so that nobody, no people and no communities, are left behind. An economy that works for all, everywhere.”