Reading Lists

The following lists are intended to be a challenge to confident readers. They include non-fiction, poetry, literary and contemporary classics.

All the books on the list are available in the Library and in the English Department. You can view them here on the School Website and via Reading Cloud

You can write reviews on Reading Cloud, we will be awarding prizes for the best.

Here are the lists:

KS3 Reading List

  1. The Diary of Anne Frank
  2. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot
  3. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  4. The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
  5. Any Agatha Christie novel
  6. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  7. The Secret Garden Frances by Hodgson Burnett
  8. Treasure Island by R L Stevenson

KS4 Reading List

  1. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Lilac and Flag by John Berger
  4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  7. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

KS5 Reading List

Be a well-rounded person – a quick overview of the world

A quality Sunday paper (Times, Observer, Telegraph)

  1. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder – Overview of Philosophy
  2. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre – The Scientific Method
  3. Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynmann – How the World Works
  4. The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford – Economics
  5. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – A Brief History of Humankind
  6. Ways of Seeing by John Berger – The Way We View Art
  7. How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton – An Introduction to Literary Theory
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