Recommended Reading

Although the Personal Study element of the Higher English course has been removed, potential Higher candidates should always be looking to enhance their language skills by reading as widely as possible on a regular basis. What you read is a matter of personal choice, but try to make your selections both challenging and varied (in theme, narrative style, structure, genre etc).

I have included a list of novels and authors below which should challenge Higher pupils in addition to developing their enjoyment of reading for pleasure. The list is by no means extensive and I will try to add to it to keep it current and varied.

  • Snowdrops – A.D. Miller
  • The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  • The Road- Cormac McCarthy
  • A Gathering Light- Jennifer Donnelly
  • Boyracers- Allan Bisset
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime- Mark Haddon
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown- James Lee Burke
  • The Field of Blood- Denise Mina
  • The Hanging Gardens- Ian Rankin
  • Life of Pi- Yann Martel
  • The Magic Flute- Alan Spence
  • The Accidental- Ali Smith
  • LA Confidential- James Ellroy
  • Blindness- Jose Saramago
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin- Lionel Shriver
  • A Long Long Way- Sebastian Barry
  • The Bullet Trick – Louise Welsh
  • Laidlaw – William McIlvanney
  • The Wasp Factory- Ian Banks
  • The Plot Against America Philip Roth
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  • Quite Ugly One Morning- Christopher Brookmyre
  • Catch 22- Joseph Heller
  • If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things- Jon McGregor
  • True History of the Kelly Gang- Peter Carey
  • No Country for Old Men- Cormac McCarthy
  • The Wanderers- Richard Price
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle
  • Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foe
  • The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Football Factory – John King
  • The Trick Is To Keep Breathing By Janice Galloway,
  • Norwegian Wood- Haruki Murakami
  • Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
  • The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  • A High Wind in Jamaica- Richard Hughes
  • The Outsider – Albert Camus
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – R. L. Stephenson
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • The Secret Agent- Joseph Conrad
  • To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Cutting Room – Louise Welsh
  • Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre
  • Disgrace – JM Coetzee
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • Beloved- Toni Morrison
  • ‘The Bluest Eye’ –Toni Morrison
  • ‘Dracula’ –Bram Stoke
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  • Far From the Maddening Crowd- Thomas Hardy
  • Brave New World- Aldos Huxley
  • Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain- James Baldwin
  • The Long Goodbye- Raymond Chandler
  • Poor Things- Alasdair Gray
  • Time’s Arrow– Martin Amis
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Empire of the Sun- J.G. Ballard
  • Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark
  • Slaughterhouse Five- Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath
  • The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
  • The Sopranos – Alan Warner
  • A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz

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