It goes without saying that the more you read, the better you'll be at English.

English Literature Curriculum Map

English (Reading)

English (Mastery Writing)


Reading should be a delight, not a chore.  Lose yourself in words and develop a life-long love of literature.  In your A2 coursework, you will be expected to link the set texts you study with your own private reading of 2 reputable, high-quality literary works.  Any of the texts below would be ideal.

Although there is no substitute for reading the novel itself, watching a film adaptation is a good way into a more challenging text.  Many of the titles below have been adapted into films.

  • A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Atonement by Ian McKewan
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Collector by John Fowles
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • The Rotter’s Club by Jonathan Coe
  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Collector by John Fowles
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  • A Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan
  • Endless Love by Scott Spencer