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  • Reading is one of lifes great pleasures but sometimes we need some help along the way, so here are our suggestions. For the most part, we have included books which the girls may not have come across or read already. We have deliberately included both fiction and non-fiction. Some books are easier to read than others; there are old favourites and some which have only recently been published. We dont expect the girls to have read everything on the list by September but we do want and expect them to read widely.

    Sixth Form students should be in the habit of reading daily newspapers and subject-specific magazines. It is worth following the news on reliable websites such as and some subject-specific websites are also useful, and, for example. Watching foreign-language films is a good way of improving language skills: La Gloire de Mon Pere by Marcel Pagnol and Sophie Scholl in German are particularly recommended. Some may find Barrington Stoke useful ( for dyslexia-friendly books designed specifically to avoid visual confusion.

    The more students do out of lessons the easier they will find them. It is a good idea to visit museums, galleries, and sites of historical interest over the summer, while also finding time to watch plays and attending concerts. The Art Department recommend the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hayward Gallery, The National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, and The White Cube Galleries. Similarly, it makes sense to see as much live theatre as possible over the summer. Anything at the National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Globe, Young Vic or Battersea Arts Centre would be particularly recommended and if students are in London a prom would be worth seeing.

    Reading Lists for Sixth Form

  • Reading List

    10 Books to Make You ThinkHHhH Laurent BinetThe Shallows: How the internet Nicholas Carr is changing the way we think, read and rememberHeretics G K ChestertonThe World Beyond Your Head: Matthew Crawford How to Flourish in an Age of DistractionThe Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique BaubyLeisure: The Basis of Culture Josef PieperPersonal Knowledge Michael PolanyiAmusing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman Public discourse in the age of show business

    The Man Who Mistook Oliver Sacks His Wife for A Hat

    Alone Together: Why we expect Sherry Turkle more from technology and less from each other


    Four Laws that drive the Universe Peter AtkinsMicrobes, Bugs and Wonder Drugs F Balkwill & M RolphThe Goldilocks Enigma Paul DaviesThe Selfish Gene Richard DawkinsThe Mould in Dr Floreys Coat Eric Lax (The story of Penicillin)Observing Animal Behaviour Marian Stamp Dawkins

    Business Studies and Economics

    The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty Dan Ariely

    Economics: A Very Short Introduction Partha Dasgupta

    Made in Britain: How the Evan Davis nation earns its livingAdapt: Why Success Always Tim Harford Starts with FailureThe Drunkards Walk Leonard MlodinowDead Aid: Why Aid is not Working and Dambisa Moyo How There is Another Way For AfricaDirty Money Marina AdshadeThe Establishment (and how Owen Jones they get away with it)Chavs: The Demonisation Owen Jones of The Working Class

  • Chemistry

    Why Chemical Reactions Happen James Keeler & Peter Wothers

    Chemical Structure and Reactivity - James Keeler & Peter Wothers an Integrated Approach

    Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of John Elmsley Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life

    The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into Peter Atkins the Land of the Chemical Elements

    Colour: The Story of Dyes and Pigments Franois Delamare and Bernard Guineau

    Made to Measure: New Materials Philip Ball for the 21st Century

    The Disappearing Spoon S Kean

    Reactions: the Private Life of Atoms Peter Atkins

    Rosalind Franklin: The dark lady of DNA Brenda Maddox

    The Double Helix: A personal account James Watson of the discovery of the structure of DNA


    Life and Leisure in Ancient Rome J P V D BalsdonConfronting the Classics Mary BeardPompeii: the Life of a Roman town Mary BeardSPQR Mary BeardImperium Robert HarrisLustrum Robert HarrisDictator Robert HarrisMedea: Medea and Other Plays EuripidesThe Iliad HomerMetamorphoses OvidThe Aeneid Virgil

    Computer Science

    Five Golden Rules: Great Theories John Casti of 20th Century Mathematics and Why They Matter

    Computer Science: Les Goldschlager, A Modern Introduction A M Lister & A Lister

    How would you move Mount Fuji? William Poundstone Microsofts Cult of the Puzzle: How the Worlds Smartest Companies select the Most Creative Thinkers

    Steve Jobs: The Man who Karen Blumenthal Thought Different

  • Contemporary Fiction

    Brick Lane Monica AliThe Clan of the Cave Bear Jean Auel (Earths Children series)The Miniaturist Jesse BurtonNever Let Me Go Kazuo IshiguroOne Day David NichollsThe Outcast Sadie JonesThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg LarssonA Short History of Marina Lewycka Tractors in UkrainianWolf Hall Hilary MantelThe Time Travelers Wife Audrey NiffeneggerPlease Look After Mom Kyung-Sook ShinPerfume Patrick SskindThe Goldfinch Donna Tartt

    Design Technology

    Material Innovation - Andrew H Dent Product Design and Leslie SherrDesign Secret: ProductsTwentieth-Century Design Catherine McDermott Designing the 21st Century Charlotte and Peter FiellPackaging Design Chris van UffelenGerman Design: The classics Bernd Polster The Eco-Design Handbook Alastair Faud-LukeThe Design of Everyday Things Donal A Norman


    The History of Theatre Glynne WickhamHedda Gabler Henrik IbsenYerma LorcaTheatre and Audience Dr Helen FreshwaterThe Empty Space Peter Brook The Directors Craft Katie MitchellThe Complete Brecht Toolkit Stephen UnwinAn Actors Work Konstantin Stanislavski 100 Great Plays for Women Lucy KerbelTheatre in Practice Nick OBrien / Annie SuttonWhy is this so Funny? John Wright

  • English Literature

    The Madness of King George Alan BennettPossession A S ByattAutobiography of Red Anne CarsonThe Worlds Wife Carol Ann DuffyThe Name of the Rose Umberto EcoTender is the Night F Scott FitzgeraldTranslations Brian FrielNever Let Me Go Kazuo IshiguroBeloved Toni MorrisonBetrayal Harold PinterThe God of Small Things Arundhati RoyMuch Ado About Nothing William ShakespeareUnder Milk Wood Dylan ThomasThe Color Purple Alice WalkerThe Waves Virginia Woolf

    English Criticism

    The Art of Fiction David LodgeHow to Read Literature Terry EagletonFaulks on Fiction Sebastian FaulksShakespeares Language Frank KermodeBlindness and Insight Paul de ManPoetry and the Fate of the Senses Susan StewartOrientalism Edward SaidWriting and Difference Jacques DerridaThe Pleasure of the Text Roland BarthesThe Concept of Ecriture Simon Wortmann Feminine in Helen Cixouss The Laugh of the MedusaThe Second Sex Simone de Beauvoir


    En attendant Godot Samuel BeckettLEtranger Albert CamusA Travellers History of France Robert ColeMadame Bovary Gustave FlaubertLAvare / Le Tartuffe MolireNo et Moi Delphine de ViganBonjour tristesse Franoise Sagan


    Les 400 coups Franois TruffautLa Haine Mathieu KassovitzEntre les murs Laurent CantetLauberge espagnole Cdric Klapisch

  • Geography

    The Earth: An Intimate History Richard Fortey Small Places, Large Issues Thomas Hylland EriksenThe Vanishing face of Gaia: James Lovelock A Final WarningThe Revenge of Gaia: Why the James Lovelock Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save HumanityFewer: How the New Ben J Wattenberg Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our FutureFive Billion Years of Global Change Denis WoodThe Earth After Us Jan ZalasiewiczPeople, Land and Time Atkins, Simmons, RobertsThe Human Impact on the Andrew Goudie Natural Environment: Past, Present and Future, 7th Edition


    Der Vorleser / The Reader Bernhard Schlink

    Eine Frau in Berlin / Anonyma A Woman in Berlin

    Lyrische Hausapotheke Erich Kstner

    Im Westen Nichts Neues / Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front

    Das Parfum / The Perfume Patrick Sskind

    The Awful German Language Mark Twain

  • Government and Politics

    Red Rosa Paul BuhleThe Future of Socialism Anthony CroslandDevelopments in British Politics R HeffernanBritish Politics Leach, Coxall and RobinsDreams from My Father Barack ObamaThe Oxford Handbook Freeden of Political ideologiesA Very Short Introduction Oxford series. to British Politics, American Politics, Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism, Feminism

    UK government and politics websites:

    USA government and politics:


    What is History? E H CarrIn Defence of History Richard J EvansPenguin History of the USA Hugh BroganAmerican History: Paul S Boyer A Very Short IntroductionThe Grapes of Wrath John SteinbeckA History of Modern Britain Andrew MarrWhite Heat: A Cultural History Dominic Sandbrook of Britain in the SixtiesWhite Teeth Zadie SmithSmall Island Andrea LevySix Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII David Starkey

  • History of Art

    Learning to Look at Paintings Mary ActonThis is Civilisation Matthew CollingsThe Story of Art E H GombrichA World