Apesia: book list for OIB students

Suggested Reading – OIB (from Helen Shall)

The very best English students are those who read widely. If you are coming in to the OIB class, then you need to be well read.

If you are coming into year 11 (seconde) I suggest you choose from the “easier reads” at the bottom of the list.

Below is a list of challenging and literary novels ranging from ‘classics’ to more modern winners of literary awards. They have been chosen for their literary value and because I have enjoyed them.

At the end is a list of slightly less demanding reads which might make a good starting point for those wanting to develop their reading muscles before attacking the classics!

  • Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
  • Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
  • Gulliver’s Travels Jonathon Swift
  • Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
  • Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
  • A Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
  • Silas Marner George Eliot
  • Frankenstein Mary Shelley
  • 1984 George Orwell
  • Brave New World Aldous Huxley
  • Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
  • The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
  • The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
  • 1000 Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
  • The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
  • Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami
  • Enduring Love Ian McEwan
  • Atonement Ian McEwan
  • Catcher in the Rye J D Sallinger
  • Brighton Rock Graham Greene
  • Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Falling Man Don DeLillo
  • Spies Michael Frayn
  • The Road Cormac McCarthy
  • Black Swan Green David Mitchell
  • If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things Jon McGregor
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
  • White Teeth Zadie Smith
  • Wild Swans Jung Chang
  • Engleby Sebastian Faulks
  • Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
  • The Time Machine H G Wells
  • Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder
  • Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
  • Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For a slightly lighter read…

  • Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
  • Martyn Pyg – Kevin Brooks
  • The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
  • The King of the Castle – Susan Hill
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • His Dark Materials Trilogy – Phillip Pullman
  • Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – John Le Carre
  • Tales of The Otori (trilogy) – Lian Hearn
  • The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  • Slumdog Millionaire – Vikas Swarup
  • Fever Pitch – Nick Hornbyv