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Before you graduate: Books you should have read

New research from the Institute of Education (IOE) has found that students' progress at school is significantly influenced by the combined effect of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16.

Our English Department challenges all Secondary students to try and read their top 30 books before they reach the age of graduation (please check with the Department for age appropriate recommendations).

1.       Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2.       1984 by George Orwell

3.       Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

4.       Down under by Bill Bryson

5.       A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

6.       Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

7.       An anthology of poetry (Duffy, Armitage, Blake etc)

8.       The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

9.       A Shakespearean Play (Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth)

10.   The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

11.   Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

12.   His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

13.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

14.   The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

15.   Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

16.   Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol

17.   Treasure Island by R.L Stevenson

18.   The Great Gatsby by F.S. Fitzgerald

19.   Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Margorian

20.   Animal Farm by George Orwell

21.   Lord of the Flies by William Golding

22.   The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

23.   The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

24.   Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

25.   The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

26.   The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

27.   The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

28.   Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

29.   Atonement by Ian McEwan

30.   The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

How many have you read, and which ones are you planning to read next?

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