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Dive into a great read this summer

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The summer holiday is finally here - time to relax and have fun! With no school or homework to think about, the number of ways in which you can spend your new-found freedom is endless. But how much of your downtime will centre around Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter?

Ditch the electronic devices and pick up a good book instead. There’s a different reading genre for everybody, and whether your taste lies in fantasy, romance, mystery, or horror, there are plenty of novels out there that are bound to spark your imagination.

 With so many great reads to choose from, we’ve selected 5 titles from our GCSE English Literature specification - these captivating stories feature unforgettable characters, that will grab your attention from the very first page.

  1. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

    “Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor, comes to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and most dreadfully - The Woman in Black.”

 

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

    “Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.”

 

  1. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

    “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde follows a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.”

 

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    “Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. However, there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?”

 

  1. Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney

    “Jo, the teenage heroine who lives in a filthy tenement bedsitter, is deserted by her nagging peroxided mother, who is unaware that her daughter is pregnant by a black sailor. Jo's greatest fear is that her illegitimate baby might be mentally deficient like her own father. To soothe, clean and cook for her is Geof, an effeminate art student, with whom she makes a temporary home. Bruised by insensitivity and rejection, the boy and girl find very real comfort in each other.”

Why not take a trip to your local library and see what books they have in stock? A whole new world awaits!

What do you think of our suggestions? What’s on your summer reading list?
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