Expand your horizons
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.
Andy Weir, The Martian
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
‘Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.’
Lawyer Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.
John Green, Looking For Alaska
A coming-of-age story set in a boarding school in Alabama. Contains profanity.
George Orwell, 1984
‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ A dystopian masterpiece that has stayed with my since I first read it as a teenager.
John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A story of the innocent friendship between Bruno, a German boy, and Schmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of a fence and wears striped pyjamas. A touching and devastating Holocaust novel.
William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale
Usually categorised with the comedies, but something of a Romance. A strange and charming tale that doesn’t usually make it onto standard reading lists. The play has intense psychological drama, comedy, lost children, and mistaken identity, with one of the most famous Shakespearean exits: ‘pursued by a bear.’