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Historical Fiction

  • A Month in the Country JL Carr
  • Coram Boy Jamila Gavin
  • Empire of the Sun JG Ballard
  • Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
  • Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank
  • The Lies we Tell Ourselves Robin Talley
  • Now is the Time for Running Michael Williams


  • Frankenstein Mary Shelley
  • The War of the Worlds HG Wells
  • Discworld Terry Pratchett
  • Northern Lights Philip Pullman
  • Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkein
  • The Hobbit JRR Tolkein
  • Beowulf Seamus Heaney translation
  • Across the Nightingale Floor Lian Hearn

Realistic fiction

  • Clap When You Land Elizabeth Acevido
  • Fighting Words Kimberly Bradley
  • Jacob I Have Been Loved Katherine Paterson
  • Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder
  • The Art of Being Normal Lisa Williamson


  • Animal Farm George Orwell


  • Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
  • Atonement Ian McEwan
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie
  • Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
  • The Fault in our Stars, John Green
  • Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • Chasing Stars Malorie Blackman

Thriller and Mystery

  • Brighton Rock Graham Green
  • The Secret History Donna Tartt
  • Lord of the Flies William Golding
  • Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • Sherlock Holmes A Conan Doyle
  • The Owl Service Alan Garner
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold John Le Carre

Travel and Adventure

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernières
  • Life of Pi Yann Martel
  • Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
  • Moby Dick Herman Melville
  • The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
  • My Family and Other Animals Gerald Durrell


  • Night Shift Debi Gliori