SKIP COLLEGE. READ THESE BOOKS INSTEAD.
In no particular order
- •Phantastes: George MacDonaldScottish fantasy/ coming of age novel. Occasional overly obvious Jesus analogy but it's beautiful and fun to read in an escapist way.
- •The History Boys: Alan BennettFunny/ easy to read/ better to watch if anywhere near you is putting it on. Good overview of education debates (specifically in 1980s England) nb: the film is pretty good too
- •Atonement: Ian McEwanLovely read and poignant look at the nature of fiction/ human perception. Read before watching the film, the last few pages are some of my favourite in literature it spoils them a little.
- •Frankenstein: Mary ShelleyGothic look at human nature. Also awesome because Shelley wrote it when she was 18, I did nothing that cool when I was 18.
- •Under The Skin: Michel FaberThe film adaptation was my favourite film of last year and is different enough from the book for it to be considered as a separate thing. The book is also wonderful: feministy, pro environmental sci-fi.
- •Diving into the Wreck: Adrienne RichNewly discovered favourite poetry collection. Feminist politics in poem form
- •Lud-in-the-Mist: Hope MirrleesMore fantasy: usual immortality/ innocence/ nature of fiction stuff, but largely set in the 'real' world
- •Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass: Lewis CarrollOne of those awesome children's books that you realise is 100% dark when you read it as an adult.
- •Wuthering Heights: Emily BrontëEveryone probably had to read this in Secondary school. But give it another go, it's great in a non studying context.