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Books I 'did' for English GCSE (1992)

The GCSE English syllabus has been in the news lately with allegations Michael Gove does not like Of Mice and Men (though he  has denied banning it). Regardless of the merits or otherwise of that particular novel the controversy has led to more of the usual pontificating of what should be read by all 16 year-olds – basically everything remotely ‘intellectual’. This example from Robert McCrum being a notable example. For the record I don’t think the 16 year-old would have got anything from reading Austen, Bronte or Joyce. I thought some of these books were OK-- I might even have enjoyed one or two of them.

These are the novels, short stories, poems  and plays I remember from GCSE . for the reconrd I have not read any of the them since. Surely I read more than this!

John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men

Robert C O’Brien Z for Zachariah. Apparently a new movie is being filmed.

Neville Shute A Town like Alice (I chose this one for the wider reading element).

James Thurber The Secret life of Walter Mitty. (Short story)

J B Priestley An Inspector calls (Play)

Shakespeare MacBeth. We watched a film version of Romeo and Juliet and saw Twelfth Night at Stratford (which I enjoyed).

Poetry: Rupert Brooke The Soldier and Wilfred Owen Dulce et Decorum est

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Lately I have been reading...

I keen meaning to put together some posts about my recent reading. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. Perhaps I’ll write some more detailed posts soon!
Alexander, Denis. Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? Oxford; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Monarch Books, 2008. In progress. Hard going for the non-biologist.

Crawford, Matthew B. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work. 1 edition. New York: Penguin Press, 2009. Loved this. Have a lot to say.
Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1918. New edition edition. Oxford: OUP Oxford, 1963. Picked this up in a second hand book shop. Dipping in and out. Enjoying.
Until recently I was spending a lot of time commuting and listened in the car to: I’ve never read any of these before this year!
James Joyce. Ulysses. BBC dramatized version
George Eliot Middlemarch
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge
Charles Dickens Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre

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