Key Stage 4 - English (Reading List)

 CLASSIC FICTION  
pride and prejudice Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Witty and profound
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Individual triumphs over adversity
David Copperfield Charles Dickens  Hugh cast of memorable characters
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain  Amercian classic 
Frankenstein Mary Shelley  Gothic novel meets science fiction 
Jekyll and Hyde* Robert Louis Steveson  Classic exploration of split personality 
Wessex Tales* Thomas Hardy  Country life from the comic to the macabre 
       
 MODERN CLASSICS  
of mice and men Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut  Crazy wartime story 
The Great Gatsby F.Scott Fitzgerald  High society America in the jazz age 
Lord of the Flies* William Golding  Just how civilised are we? 
Animal Farm* George Orwell  Clever political allegory 
Of Mice and Men* John Steinbeck  Two friends and their dream 
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkein  Epic fantasy
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood  Dark dystopia 
       
 CONTEMPORARY FICTION WE LIKE
  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon  A long title! 
The Life of Pi Yann Martel  One boy and a tiger in the middle of the ocean 
Gentlemen and Players Joanne Harris  Psychological suspense
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger  Romance meets sci-fi 
The Road Cormac McCarthy  Bleak and terrifying vision of the near future 
The Island Victoria Hislop  Uncovering a tragic family history
Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder  Philosophical jounrney 
       
 CONTEMPORARY NON-FICTION
 a child called it Touching the Void Joe Simpson  Narrow-escape on a mountain 
It's Not About the Bike Lance Armstrong Classic comeback story for sports fans
Freakonomics Levitt and Dubner  Bizarre economic findings 
A Child Called 'It' Dave Pelzer  Graphic account of an abusive childhood 
       
Books marked * are currently on the GCSE English/English Literature syllabus - check whether you will be studying them with your English teacher