English Literature

Guardian's 100 Greatest novels (not on main list)
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
Tristram Shandy Laurence Stern
Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Lados
Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock
The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac
The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal
Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
Moby Dick Herman Melville
The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Three Men in a Boat Jerome K Jerome
The Diary of a Nobody George Grissmith
The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
The Call of the Wild Jack London
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
The Rainbow DH Lawrence
The Good Soldier Ford Maddox Ford
Ulysses James Joyce
A Passage to India EM Forster
Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway
Journey to the End of the Night Louis- Ferdinand Celine
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
USA John Dos Passos
The Pursuit of Love Nancey Mitford
The Plague Albert Camus
Malone Dies Samuel Beckett
Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor
Charlotte's Web EB White
The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis
Lord of the Flies William Golding
The Quiet American Graham Greene
On the Road Jack Keouac
The Tin Drum Gunter Grass
Herzog Saul Bellow
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre
The Bottle Factory Outing Beryle Bainbridge
The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer
If on a Winter's Night Traveller Italo Calvino
A Bend in the River VS Naipaul
Waiting for the Barbarians JM Coetzee
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
Lanark Alasdair Gray
The BFG Roald Dahl
The Periodic Table Primo Levi
An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro
Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera
Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie
Wise Children Angela Carter
Northern Lights Philip Pullman
Austerlitz WG Sebald
Modern Library's 100 best novels (not on main or Guardian's list)
The Sound and Fury William Faulkner
Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
Sons and Lovers DH Lawrence
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry
The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
I, Claudius Robert Graves
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
An American Tradegy Theodore Dreiser
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter  Carson McCullers
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Native Son Richard Wright
Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara
The Wings of a Dove Henry James
The Ambassadors Henry James
Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Studs Lonigan Trilogy James T Farrell
The Golden Bowl Henry James
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder
Howards End EM Forster
Go Tell it on the Mountain James Baldwin
The Heart of the Matter Graham Green
Deliverance James Dickey
A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell
Point Counter Point ous Huxley
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Secret Agent  Joseph Conrad
Women in Love DH Lawrence
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
The Naked and the Dead  Norman Mailer
Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabakov
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
Parade's End Ford Maddox Ford
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
The Moviegoer Walker Percy
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
From Here to Eternity James Jones
the Wapshot Chronicles John Cheever
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
Main Street Sinclair Lewis
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
The Alexandria Quartet Lawrence Durell
A High Wind in Jamaica  Richard Hughes
A House for Mr Biswas VS Naipaul
The Day of the Locust  Nathanael West
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
Finnegans Wake James Joyce
Kim Rudyard Kipling
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen
Ragtime EL Doctorow
The Old Wives' Tale Arnold Bennet
Loving  Henry Green
Tobacco Road Erskine Caldwell
Ironweed William Kennedy
The Magus  John Fowles
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
The Shltering Sky Paul Bowles
The Postman Always Rings Twice James M Cain
The Ginger Main JP Donleavy
The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington



Any of the ten named prose texts for Unit 2, or any other novel by Dickens, Eliot, Hardy or the Brontës.

Peter Ackroyd

The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983)

Beryl Bainbridge

Master Georgie * (1998)

Arnold Bennett

Anna of the Five Towns (1902)

Andrew Drummond

An Abridged History * (2004)

Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton (1848)

G. & W. Grossmith

The Diary of a Nobody (1892)

Michael Redhill

Consolation * (2006)

Herman Melville

Redburn (1849)

William Morris

News from Nowhere (1891)

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)


Victorian non-fiction

Matthew Arnold

Culture and Anarchy (1869)

Thomas Carlyle

Selected Writings (Penguin)

John Clare

Selected Letters (OUP)

Elizabeth Gaskell

The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857)

Edmund Gosse

Father and Son (1907)

Marx and Engels

The Communist Manifesto (1848)

John Ruskin

Selected Writings (Penguin)

The Brontës

A Life in Letters (ed. Barker)

Henry Thoreau

Walden (1854)

Oscar Wilde

De Profundis (1905)

Modern non-fiction

Peter Ackroyd

Dickens* (1990)

Juliet Barker

The Brontës* (1994)

Jonathan Bate

John Clare* (2003)

Quentin Bell

A New and Noble School (1982)

Winston Churchill

My Early Life (1930)

Terry Eagleton 

Heathcliff and the Great Hunger* (1996) 

Richard Ellman

Oscar Wilde (1988)

Lytton Strachey

Eminent Victorians (1918)

Kate Summerscale 

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher* (2008)

Claire Tomalin 

Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man* (2006)




Maria Marten, or Murder in the Red Barn (1840)

J.M. Barrie

The Admirable Crichton (1902)

Dion Boucicault

The Streets of London (1864) 

John Walker 

The Factory Lad (1825)

Brian Friel 

The Home Place* (2005)

Patrick Hamilton

Gaslight (1939)

David Hare 

The Judas Kiss* (1998)

Arthur Wing Pinero

The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893)

Harold Pinter

The French Lieutenant's Woman (screenplay) (1981)

George Bernard Shaw

Mrs Warren's Profession (1894)

George Bernard Shaw

Arms and the Man (1898)

Tom Stoppard 

The Invention of Love* (1997)

Tom Taylor

The Ticket-of-Leave Man (1863)

Oscar Wilde

Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)

Oscar Wilde

An Ideal Husband (1895) 

Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)



Matthew Arnold


Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Robert Browning


Arthur Clough


Emily Dickinson 


Gerald Manley Hopkins


A.E. Housman


George Meredith


Christina Rossetti


Algernon Swinburne


Alfred, Lord Tennyson 


Walt Whitman




Anton Chekhov

Uncle Vanya (1897) 

Feodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment (1866)

Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary (1857)

Gustave Flaubert

Sentimental Education (1869)

Nikolai Gogol

The Government Inspector (1836)

Henrik Ibsen

An Enemy of the People (1882)

August Strindberg

Miss Julie (1888)

Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina (1875)

Emile Zola

Germinal (1885)

Emile Zola

La Bête Humaine (1890)

(* denotes post 1990)


Any of the 10 named texts for Unit 2

Ben Elton

The First Casualty* (Bantam, 2005)

Adam Thorpe

Nineteen Twenty-One* (Vintage, 2001)

Irene Rathbone

We That Were Young (1932)

Virginia Woolf

Jacob's Room (1921)

Ford Maddox Ford

Parade's End (1924-28)


A Farewell to Arms (1929)



Robert Graves

Goodbye to All That (Penguin, 1929)

Edmund Blunden

Undertones of War (Penguin, 1928)

Vera Brittain

Testament of Youth (Virago, 1933)


History and Testimony

Richard Holmes

Tommy (Harper Perennial, 2005)

ed. Max Arthur

Forgotten Voices (Ebury Press, 2002)

Lyn Macdonald

Somme (Penguin, 1983)

Ben MacIntyre

A Foreign Field (Harper Collins, 2001)

Max Arthur

Last Post (Phoenix, 2005)

Correlli Barnett

The Great War (BBC, 1979)

Richard Van Emden

The Trench (Bantam, 2002)

Richard Van Emden

Boy Soldiers of the Great War (Headline, 2006)

Allison and Fairley

The Monocled Mutineer (Quartet Books, 1978)


Diaries, Letters and Biography

ed. Bishop

Chronicle of Youth (Vera Brittain's War Diary) (Gollancz, 1981)

Ed. Bishop and Bostridge

Letters from a Lost Generation (Abacus, 1998)

Palmer and Wallis

A War in Words (Pocket Books, 2003)

Michael Walsh

Brothers in War (Ebury Press, 2006)

(Bodleian Library University of Oxford, 2006)

A Month at the Front, Diary of an Unknown Soldier


Literary Criticism and Cultural Commentary

Paul Fussell

The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford, 1975)

Adrian Barlow

The Great War in British Literature (Cambridge, 2000)

Dominic Hibberd

Wilfred Owen (Weidenfield and Nicholson, 2002)

B. Berganz

Heroes Twilight (Constable, 1965)

Samuel Hynes

A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture (Pimlico, 1992)

Samuel Hynes

The Edwardian Turn of Mind: First World War and English Culture (Pimlico, 1992) 



Cardinal, Goldman and Hattaway

Womens' Writing on the First World War (Oxford, 1999)

ed. Marlow

The Virago Book of Women and the Great War (Virago, 1999)


R. C. Sherriff

Journey's End (Heinemann, 1928)

Peter Whelan

The Accrington Pals (Methuen, 1982)

Stephen MacDonald

Not About Heroes (Faber, 1982)

Joan Littlewood

Oh! What a Lovely War (Methuen, 1965)

Curtis, Elton, etc

Blackadder Goes Forth (Penguin, 1989)

Alan Bleasdale

The Monocled Mutineer (Hutchinson, 1986)

Nick Whitby

To the Green Fields and Beyond * (Faber, 2000)

G.B. Shaw

Heartbreak House (1919)

G.B. Shaw

O'Flaherty V.C. (1915)

Somerset Maugham

For Services Rendered (1932)


Black 'ell (1916)

F. McGuinness

Observe the Sons of Ulster marching Towards the Somme (Faber, 1986)

Sean O'Casey

The Silver Tassie (1929)




The War Poets (Bloomsbury, 1988)

ed. Catherine Reilly

Scars Upon My Heart (Virago, 1981)

ed. Jon Stallworthy

War Poetry (Oxford, 1984)

Christopher Martin

War Poems (Collins Educational, 1990)

ed. Jon Silkin

Men Who March Away (ed. Parsons, 1965)


The Wordsworth Book of First World War Poetry (Wordsworth editions, 1995)

ed. Noakes

Voices of Silence (The Alternative Book of 1st World War Poetry) (Sutton, 2006)

Rita Dove

American Smooth * (Not Welcome Here Section) (Norton, 2004)

ed. George Walter

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Penguin, 2006)

ed. Martin Stephen

Never Such Innocence (Everyman, 1993)

ed. Dominic Hibberd

The Winter of the World (Constable, 2008)




All Quiet on the Western Front (Vintage, 1929)


The Officers' Ward * (Phoenix House, 1999)

Palmer and Wallis

A War in Words (2003)

Cardinal etc

Womens' Writing on the First World War * (OUP, 1999)


Under Fire (Penguin,1916)

Ernst Junger

Storm of Steel (Penguin, 1920)

(* denotes text published after 1990)

(+ denotes text published between 1800-1945)


Any of the ten named prose texts for Unit 2, or any other novel by Morrison.

Chinua Achebe 

Things Fall Apart (Penguin, 1958)

James Baldwin 

Go Tell it on the Mountain (Penguin)

Nadine Gordimer 

July's People (Bloomsbury, 1981)

Radclyffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness + (Virago, 1928)

Zora Neale Hurston 

Their Eyes Were Watching God + (Virago, 1937)

Andrea Levy 

Small Island * (Headline, 2004)

Patrick McCabe 

Breakfast on Pluto * (Picador, 1998)

Anne Michaels 

Fugitive Pieces * (Bloomsbury, 1996)

Arundhati Roy 

The God of Small Things * (Harper Perennial, 1997)

Robert Tressell 

The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists + (Flamingo, 1914)

Irvine Welsh 

Trainspotting * (Vintage, 1993)

Jeanette Winterson

Oranges are not the only fruit (Vintage, 1984)

Richard Wright 

Native Son + (Vintage, 1940)

Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse 5  (Vintage, 1969)

Rose Tremain

The Road Home (Chatto and Windus)

Kathryn Stockett

The Help (Penguin, 2009)


Autobiographies and Biography, Diaries


Maya Angelou 

Autobiography, especially I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Virago, 1969)

Diana Souhami

The Trials of Radclyffe Hall * (Virago, 1999)

Nelson Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom (Abacus, 1994) 


Memoirs and Interviews


Silvia Calamati 

Women's stories from the North of Ireland * (Beyond the Pale Publications, 2002)

Bobby Sands

Skylark Sing Your Lonely Song (Mercier Press, 1982)

Malcolm X

Malcolm X Talks to Young People (Pathfinder, 1964-1965)

Alice Walker

The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult * (Phoenix, 1996)




Salman Rushdie

The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey (Vintage, 1987)


History and cultural commentary, essays and speeches


David Beresford 

Ten Men Dead: The Story of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike (Harper Collins,

Beverley Bryan, Suzanne Scafe, Stella Dadzie  

The Heart of the Race  (Virago, 1985)

Germaine Greer

The Female Eunuch (Harper Perennial, 1970)

Martin Luther King Jr.

I Have A Dream: Writings And Speeches That Changed The World  (Harper, 1956-68)

Adhaf Soueif

Mezzaterra-Fragments from the Common Ground * (Bloomsbury, 2004)

Amrit Wilson

Dreams, Questions, Struggles South Asian Women in Britain (Pluto Press, 2006)





'Section 28 of the Education Act' 1988


Literary Criticism


Ralph Ellison

Shadow and Act (Vintage, 1967)

Dolly A. McPherson

Order out of Chaos: The Autobiographical Works of Maya Angelou (Virago, 1990)

Kate Millet 

Sexual Politics  (Virago, 1977)

Amrit Wilson  

Finding a Voice: Asian Women in Britain (Virago, 1978) 

Richard Wright

Blueprint for Negro Writing + (1937)

Jeremy Hawthorn ed.

The British Working Class Novel in the Twentieth Century (Hodder Arnold, 1984)



Brendan Behan

The Hostage (Methuen, 1958) 

Sudhar Bhuchar

Child of the Divide * (Methuen Modern Plays)

Jim Cartwright

Road (Methuen Modern Plays, 1986)

Caryl Churchill 

All plays * (some will be post 1990)

Claire Dowie 

Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? * (Methuen Modern Plays, 1996)

Brian Friel 

Dancing at Lughnasa * (Faber, 1990)

Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun (Methuen Modern Plays, 1959)

Sarah Kane 

Complete Plays * (Methuen Drama, 1998-2006)

Tony Kushner 

Angels in America * (Nick Herne Books, 1992)

Martin McDonagh 

Beauty Queen of Leenane * (Methuen, 1996)

Sean O'Casey 

Three Dublin Plays: Juno and the Paycock + (1924), The Plough and the Stars + (1926), Shadow of a Gunman + (1923) (Faber)

Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman  (Penguin, 1949)

Mark Ravenhill 

Citizenship * (Methuen Modern Plays, 2006)

Ntozake Shange

Shange Plays 1- (Includes For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough)

Timberlake Wertenbaker 

Our Country's Good (Methuen, 1988)

Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire (Methuen, 1947)

International Connections (contributor Jackie Kay)

New Plays for Young People * (Faber 2003)




Simon Armitage 

Dead Sea Poems * (Faber, 1995)

W.H Auden

e.g 'The Quarry', 'Funeral Blues', 'Refugee Blues' +  (1930s)

Gillian Clarke

Letter From a Far Country (1985)  

Carol Ann Duffy 

The Other Country * (Anvil, 1990)

Allan Ginsberg  

Howl (City Lights Pocket Poet Series, 1956)

Langston Hughes 

Collected Poems + (Vintage, 1930-1960)

Jackie Kay 

Life Mask * (Bloodaxe Books, 2005)

Liz Lockhead  

Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems (Polygon, 1984)

Audre Lorde  

Any – (some will be post 1990)

Grace Nichols  

The Fat Black Woman's Poems (Virago, 1984)

Adrienne Rich  

The School Among the Ruins * (Norton, 2004)

Lemn Sissay 

Morning Breaks in the Elevator * (Payback Press, 1999)

Gertrude Stein 

Tender Buttons + (Dover, 1914)

Alice Walker  

Revolutionary Petunias and other Poems (Harcourt Brae Jovanovitch, 1970)

Benjamin Zephaniah 

Too Black, Too Strong * (Bloodaxe Books, 2001)

Edited by Lemn Sissay

The Fire People: A Collection of Contemporary Black British Poets * (Payback Press, 1998)

Agnes Meadows

Woman (Waterways, 2003)

Gillian Clarke

A Recipe for Water (Carcaret, 2009)

Alice Oswald

The Thing in the Gap Stone Stile (Faber, 1996)

Grace Nichols

I Have Crossed an Ocean (Bloodaxe Books Ltd, 2010)

Carol Ann Duffy

Love Poems (Picador, 2010)

Jackie Kay

Darling (Bloodaxe Books Ltd, 2007)

Liz Lochhead

The Colour of Black and White (Polyfon, 2003)

Lenin Sissay

Rebel Without Applause (Bloodaxe Books Ltd, 1992)




Isabel Allende 

The House of the Spirits (Chile/Spanish) (Black Swan, 1985)

Alexandra Kollontai

Love of Worker Bees + (USSR/Russian) (Virago, 1930)

Manuel Puig  

Kiss of the Spider Woman (Argentina/Spanish) (Vintage, 1976) 

Alexander Solzenichen

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (USSR/Russian) (Penguin, 1962)




Pablo Neruda

Residence on Earth + (Chile/Spanish) (Souvenir Press, 1933)




Bertolt Brecht  

Mother Courage and her Children + (German) (Methuen, 1940)

Federico Garcia Lorca

The House of Bernarda Alba + (1936), Yerma + (1934), Blood Wedding + (1933) (Spanish) (Penguin)


Non fiction autobiography/diary/travelogue


Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl (Dutch) (Penguin, 1947) 

Che Guevara  

The Motorcycle Diaries (Argentina/Spanish) (Harper Perennial, 1952) 

Nawal al-Saadawi

Memoirs from the Women's Prison (Egypt/Arabic) (1984)