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English Literature Reading List


Are you looking to study English Literature at university? Do you love reading and want to push yourself further? Give this extensive list a look! Don’t be intimidated – pick a small selection, do some quick research and give it a go!

Studying English Literature: A Practical Guide’, Tory Young


The Oxford Companion to English Literature (Oxford Companions)’, Dinah Birch


AQA English Literature B AS Second Edition (Aqa As Level)’,  Adrian Beard and Alan Kent


The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy (Cambridge Companions to Literature)’, Alexander Leggatt


Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)’, Matthew Bevis


The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories’, Christopher Booker


Modern Criticism and Theory’, Prof David Lodge and Dr Nigel Wood


The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (Oxford Paperback Reference)’, Chris Baldick


Beginning theory (third edition): An introduction to literary and cultural theory (Beginnings)’,Peter Barry


York Notes Companions Gothic Literature’, Dr Susan Chaplin


The Art of Fiction’, David Lodge



140 of the best literary works to prepare you for University!

Beowulf :  Seamus Heaney’s translation (Faber) is currently the most popular translation

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (ThRiverside Chaucer edition)

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy (Penguin)

Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (Penguin)

Francesco Petrarch, Canzoniere (Carcanet)

English Religious Lyrics. (Norton)

Medieval English Lyrics (Faber)    

Sir Thomas Wyatt, Poems (Norton)

Edmund Spenser, Amoretti (Norton)

Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophel & Stella (Norton)

Everyman (New Mermaid)

Christopher Marlowe, Dr Faustus (Norton)

William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus (Oxford)

William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (Oxford)

William Shakespeare, Richard III (Penguin)

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Penguin)

William Shakespeare, Hamlet (Penguin)

Thomas More, Utopia (Norton)

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (Penguin)

John Donne, Poems (Penguin)

William Shakespeare, King Lear (Penguin)

William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Arden)      

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (Norton)

Cyril Tourneur, The Revenger’s Tragedy (Penguin)

Ben Jonson, Volpone (Norton)

Robert Herrick, Poems (Norton)

George Herbert, Poems (Norton)

John Milton, Paradise Lost (Penguin)

John Milton, Samson Agonistes (Longman)

Andrew Marvell, Poems (Norton)

William Wycherley, The Country Wife (New Mermaid)

John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (Penguin)

John Dryden, Poems (Norton)

Samuel Pepys, Diary (Norton)

Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Penguin)

Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal (Norton)

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (Norton)

Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (Penguin)

Lawrence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey (Penguin)

Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield (Penguin)

James Boswell, London Journal (McGraw-Hill)

Samuel Johnson, Rasselas (Norton)

Daniel Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year (Norton)

Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (Norton)

Alexander Pope, The Essay on Man (Norton)

Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno (Norton)

James Thomson, The Seasons (Norton)

Thomas Gray, Poems (Norton)

Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (Norton)

Richard Sheridan, The School for Scandal (New Mermaid)

Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility (Oxford)

Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice (Oxford)

Jane Austen, Emma (Oxford)

Jane Austen, Persuasion (Oxford)

William Wordsworth, Poems (Penguin)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Poems (Norton)

John Keats, Poems (Norton)

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poems (Norton)

William Blake, Poems (Oxford)

Robert Burns, Poems (Penguin)

Thomas De Quincy, Confessions of An English Opium Eater (Penguin)

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Penguin)

Alfred Tennyson, Poems (Everyman)  

Robert Browning, Poems (Everyman)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets (Norton)

Christina Rossetti, Poems (Norton)

Edgar Allan Poe, Poems (Penguin)

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (Penguin)

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (Penguin)

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (Penguin)

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (Penguin)

Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers (Penguin)

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (Penguin)

George Eliot, Middlemarch (Penguin)

George Eliot, Silas Marner (Penguin)

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (Penguin)

Ivan Turgenev, Spring Torrents (Penguin)

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime & Punishment (Penguin)

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Penguin)

Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure (Penguin)

Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge (Penguin)

Henry James, What Maisie Knew (Penguin)

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (Penguin)

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House (Oxford)

August Strindberg, The Father (Penguin)

James Joyce, Dubliners (Penguin)

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin)

D.H. Lawrence, Sons & Lovers (Penguin)

E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (Penguin)

E.M. Forster, A Room With A View (Penguin)

E.M Forster The Machine Stops (Penguin)

James Joyce, Ulysses (Penguin)

T.S. Eliot, Poems (Faber)

Ezra Pound, Poems (Faber)

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Penguin)

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (Penguin)

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Penguin)

W.B. Yeats, Poems (Norton)

Wilfred Owen, Poems (Norton)

Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (Penguin)

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (Penguin)

Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin (Vintage)

Graham Greene, Brighton Rock (Penguin)

W.H. Auden, Poems (Faber)

Louis MacNeice, Poems (Faber)

Keith Douglas, Poems (Oxford)

George Orwell, 1984 (Penguin)

George Orwell, Animal Farm (Penguin)

Hermann Hesse, Strange News from Another Star (Penguin)

Primo Levi, If This Is A Man (Abacus)

John Osborne, Look Back in Anger (Faber)

Arthur Miller, The Crucible (Penguin)

Arthur Miller, All My Sons (Penguin)

Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire  (Penguin)

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (Faber)

Harold Pinter, The Caretaker (Methuen)

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Penguin)

William Golding, Lord of the Flies (Faber)

William Golding, The Spire (Penguin)

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim (Penguin)

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (Penguin)

Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Panther)

Philip Larkin, Poems (Faber)

John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Vintage)

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Faber)

John Updike, Rabbit Omnibus (Penguin)

Joe Orton, Loot (Methuen)

Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea (Penguin)

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (Picador)

Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast (Penguin)

Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin)

Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children (Picador)  

Isabel Allende, The Stories of Eva Luna (Penguin)

Brian Friel, Translations (Faber)

Philip Roth, The Human Stain (Vintage)

Seamus Heaney, Poems (Faber)

Ted Hughes, Poems (Faber)

R.S. Thomas, Poems (Bloodaxe)

Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities (Picador)

Martin Amis, London Fields (Picador)

Graham Swift, Waterland, Last Orders (Picador)


Author Daniel Blythe Reveals the Writing Behind Doctor Who

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Daniel Blythe, author of the best-selling Doctor Who book ‘Autonomy’ and the recently released novel ‘Shadow Runners’ (aimed at children aged 11+), visited our school this term to work with Year 7 pupils.

All Year 7 were given the opportunity to listen to Daniel talk about his journey as an author, his passion for all things Doctor Who and his love of writing. They then had an opportunity to ask him questions – and quiz him they did: testing his knowledge of Doctor Who and tapping into his expertise as a writer. Many were fascinated by the process of getting a book to print and, over the course of the day, they interrogated him relentlessly about book deals, publishers and money.

In the afternoon, Daniel led two writing workshops for pupils, giving one group an insight into the formation of convincing characters and the other a lesson in how to create an engaging opening – sharing with them top tips for success, including the importance of a focused perspective. Samples of the pupils’ work will soon be showcased on our English blog: huntemf.wordpress.com/

Our Year 7 were an impeccable audience in the morning and the pupils chosen for the workshops demonstrated their skills as writers superbly. All were a real credit to the school.

Our Doctor Who novels in the library have since leapt of the shelves, surely proving that Daniel Blythe that day succeeded in inspiring a generation of readers who have an eye to becoming writers themselves.

Mrs Collins

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A Late Xmas Present! The June 2012 Higher Paper!

Please find below images from the Higher paper from June 2012. It was requested by one of our industrious and more observant students – are you dining enough revision to keep up? even if you are doing the Foundation paper the red texts can be analysed and you could answer the Writing section answers.

Reading Texts:




Reading Questions:





Writing Section Questions:



How about submitting your answers – it can be anonymous – for other students or your teachers to review and receive feedback on. Remember, if you want to comment and give feedback you must be constructive, specific and kind!

Reading material – Looking for Section A style articles? Look no further

Look at these linked articles and practise your reading skills as part of your revision – can you scan the text for purpose and audience? Can you skim the text for key information? Can you do a PALT analysis (remember: Purpose, Audience, Language and Tone)?

1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9774109/Working-mothers-only-break-even-on-childcare-costs-after-four-months.html

2. http://www.adn.com/2012/12/31/2739314/shell-drilling-rig-is-adrift-again.html

3. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/world/africa/stampede-at-new-years-celebration-kills-dozens-in-ivory-coast.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

Remember to think which type of question the article would be suitable for – remind yourself of the question types and even make your own questions based on these texts and time yourself with a written answer (try ten minutes as a time limit to really test yourself).

Happy reading, well maybe not, they aren’t very happy articles, but they are useful.


The English Department