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

Our theme is Love through the Ages, so below are some great works of literature, in random order, that share that common theme, or at least feature different aspects of love. 

Try to read at least 3 of these texts this summer, preferably more.  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