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The George Eliot School Reading List

The list below is intended as a suggestion for books that pupils can enjoy and prepare them for study at GCSE level. There is no expectation that pupils read all of the books listed, however reading for pleasure is proven to improve grades in all subject areas, so if at all possible, please encourage your child to be reading as much as they can!

1. 1984  – George Orwell

2. A Farewell to Arms  – Ernest Hemingway

3. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  – Arthur Conan Doyle

4. The Aneid  – Virgil

5. Anita and Me  – Meera Syal

6. Atonement – Ian McEwen

7. Beowulf – trans. Seamus Heaney

8. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

9. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

10. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

11. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

12. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

13. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

14. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time  – Mark Haddon

15. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

16. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

17. Dracula – Bram Stoker

18. Enigma – Robert Harris

19. Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

20. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

21. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

22. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland

23. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

24. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

25. The Illiad – Homer

26. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

27. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

28. Junk – Melvin Burgess

29. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

30. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

31. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

32. Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller

33. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

34. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

35. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde

36. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

37. Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah

38. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

39. Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

40. The Shining – Stephen King

41. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

42. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

43. Touching the Void – Joe Simpson

44. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

45. Ulysses – James Joyce

46. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells

47. The Wasp Factory – Ian Banks

48. White Teeth – Zadie Smith

49. Woman in Black – Susan Hill

50. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

  • Any Shakespeare play or collection of sonnets
  • Poetry [Rudyard Kipling, William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, Carol Ann Duffy, Christina Rossetti, Robert Browning, Simon Armitage, Grace Nichols, John Betjeman, Ted Hughes, Gillian Clarke]

 

 

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