South West Reading Passport 2016: Book to the Future

Category Archives: Further Reading

Anita and Me

Anita and Me is a 1996 novel by Meera Syal. Described as a semi-autobiographical novel, it tells the story of Meena, a member of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington in Birmingham.

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The Help

The Help is the 2009 debut novel by Kathryn Stockett. Focussing on life in the Deep South of America in the 1960s, the book has been much discussed and celebrated for its depiction of the treatment of black maids (known as ‘the help’ in white households during the period.

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by JD Salinger, originally published for an adult readership; the novel has since become popular with adolescent readers for its depiction of the teenage experience.

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1984

1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell published in 1949.

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is a 1939 novel by John Steinbeck.

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Special Feature: Recommended Reading, The Hours by Michael Cunningham

This 1998 novel by Michael Cunningham takes its title from the working title of Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway.

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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway is Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel which details a day in life of Clarissa Dalloway, a high society woman in post-war England.

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Bridget Jones’ Diary

Bridget Jones’ Diary is a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. Told in diary form, it documents a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something singleton from London who is unlucky in love and in life.

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Special Feature: Man Booker Prize winning The Sellout

The Sellout is a 2015 tragi-satire by Paul Beatty. The novel has earned its writer the accolade of becoming the first American to win the much coveted UK literary prize.

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Special Feature: Man Booker 2016 Winner Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty is an American writer. His recent win of the Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sellout has afforded him the honour of being the first American writer to be awarded the prize.

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