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Fifth and Upper Sixth Form pupils would have commenced Study Leave on 6th and 7th May. GCSE and A Level examinations would have been preoccupying pupils’ minds and intense revision and preparation would be filling their time alongside the examinations.

With the announcement that this summer’s exams would not be happening we know that many of you are left anxious and disappointed with a lot of time on your hands.  A longer period than anticipated stretches ahead before school, college or university begins and regular study resumes.

Some of you may be feeling somewhat abandoned and despondent when thinking about the weeks and months ahead, others may feel relieved and even a little jubilant. Most probably fit somewhere on the spectrum from ‘I desperately need some work to do’ at one end to ‘I’m loving the idea of weeks of having nothing to do all day’ at the other. Many may welcome a bit of a gentler regime but do not want to fritter time away in unfulfilling activity.

All of you are encouraged to view this as an opportunity. This is now the time consolidate work to date, to pursue interests, increase knowledge and skills, and get yourself into a strong position for the next stage of your education.

We have prepared a bundle of material to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you plan to be in September. In the bundle you will find a range of projects to put you in a stronger position for A level study or degree level work as well as ideas for developing some life skills. Take a look at the suggestions and select some that seem to fit with your plans and aspirations.

The Bundle is designed for independent use. This is not a collection of assignments to be submitted for marking or feedback. Teachers will naturally be interested to hear what pupils are doing and be keen to enter into discourse on scholarly matters, but this is not to be viewed as school work as such. This is for you to approach with open and curious minds; with an appetite and time to enjoy learning for yourself. You will see that some of the activities in the Bundle do lead to some form of certification but most are an end in themselves. The real benefit is in personal growth and intellectual development which will make you a better A level pupil, a better undergraduate, a more rounded and informed individual.

At the end of the Bundle there is a record sheet. We suggest you first peruse the Bundle and then turn to the record sheet and set out some plans for the coming weeks. This record may help you in compiling your CV. Fifth Form pupils may bear in mind that in around eighteen months from now you are likely to be writing a personal statement for university application. Your personal statement might include the line ‘during the period of school closure when examinations were cancelled I….’  So now take a look at the Bundle and ask yourself what might complete that sentence for you.






Cambridge University has an excellent selection of online resources and short courses. Those embarking upon A level might explore and those moving towards university should visit


At Future Learn you will find free short courses in a huge range of subjects designed and delivered by universities.  


Open University: skills for study:





Here are some bridging ideas, which although most specifically mathematical, are useful in developing problem-solving skills as well as offering information about what mathematicians do.

For Fifth Form hoping to do A Level Maths:

Search Hegarty Maths A Level prep on YouTube. 

For all interested in the subject:

The Millennium Maths Project YouTube channel (

Plus magazine (

Nrich (

For Upper Sixth: 

Oxford Mathematical Institute YouTube channel ( - this includes some recordings of undergraduate maths lectures.





What better way to prepare for A level literature or a degree in English than reading and the department’s recommendations are in the Reading List at the end of this Bundle.

There are lots of opportunities to while away the hours and prepare for the academic study of literature through reading, listening and watching. At the moment there are lots of productions available to view on line. The links below will open some avenues to the subject. - several Shakespeare plays 'live' - The EMC are great, could be exactly what some of our prospective A Level pupils need. - Stanley Wells talking about Shakespeare. It's really interesting - quite high brow but very useful. - RSC at the Globe - a production of Romeo and Juliet.

Massolit - an excellent subscriber resource offering loads of lectures on texts and aspects of studying literature. E-mail Mr Tilbury for log in details





For anyone interested in History as an A level or degree the following are to be especially recommended.

Reading, reading, reading! Lists in the LOS Historical Companion and some more at the end of this document.

Gresham Lectures

Cambridge University courses

Future Learn courses

In Our Time podcasts

For specific examples and links to the above, explore The LOS Historical Companion which can be found on the School website Covid-19 Section and on SMHW where you will find a huge selection of ideas to feed the historical mind and to prepare for further academic study.



Here are some Classical texts which are not just those studying Latin and Greek but for anyone seeking a grounding in classical literature and civilisation.

Non Fiction:

Cicero               De Officiis ( On the Good Life)

                         On Friendship

                         On the Republic

                         On the Laws

                         In Verrem

Aristotle           Nicomachean Ethics

                         Eudemian Ethics




Plato                The Apology

                         The Republic



Seneca             Epistulae Morales

Marcus Aurelius Meditations



Homer              The Iliad

                         The Odyssey

Sophocles         Oedipus Rex


Euripides          Medea



Horace             Odes

Ovid                 Metamorphoses

Virgil                The Aeneid





You will find lots of reading ideas in the List at the end of the document



The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

The Royal Society

Imperial College Lectures

UCL Science Lectures

TED Talks



Star Talk Radio

Life's Little Mysteries

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Scientific American - 60 Second Science

Royal Institution






Memrise has some good courses with GCSE vocabulary or AS Level type vocabulary, it is marked and practises reading, writing and listening skills:


On the link below you will find a reading list. the books are rated 1-5: 

1 Beginner - ideal to start
2 Intermediate - language/style is accessible, the book is short or clearly cut into parts/short stories.
3 Intermediate Plus – language/style is moderately hard and the book is short or standard length                   
Advanced – language/expressions are more advanced and/or book is long.        
Very Advanced – the language and writing style are very elaborate (or in old French) and/or the book is exceptionally long. 

Suggested Reading:

Paroles by Jacques Prévert 
Adolphe by Benjamin Constant    
L’Amant by Marguerite Duras                                                                                                              L’Élégance du hérisson by Muriel Barbery                                                                                      Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery                                                 
Le Petit Nicolas by René Goscinny                                                                                                   L’Etranger by Albert Camus                                                                                                                Contes choisis by Guy de Maupassant                                       
La Princesse de Clèves by Madame de Lafayette                                                                          Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos

Podcast recommendations of varying difficulty. 
Franceinfo - Junior
Radio France Info - Journal en français facile
Radio France Info - Grand reportage
News in Slow French (intermediate or advanced)
Learn French by
TED en français
Duolingo French podcast


Classic texts for Sixth Form:

·       Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada

·       Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate

·       Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español

·       Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento

·       Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus

·       Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas

·       Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano

·       Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica

·       Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba


Other classic Spanish films from the AQA options list include: 

·       Ocho apellidos vascos Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2014)

·       María, llena eres de gracia Joshua Marston (2004)

·       Volver Pedro Almodóvar (2006)

·       Abel Diego Luna (2010)

·       Las 13 rosas Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007)


Fifth Form:

I would strongly recommend continuing to improve language over the summer holidays, particularly in terms of vocabulary and grammar.


Revising all topics covered at GCSE level and ensuring that they are fully understood. Acción Gramática has a in comprehensive list of grammar topics covered next year:ón-Gramática-Fourth-Spanish-Grammar/dp/1510434887/ref=dp_ob_title_bk 


In particular would encourage students to make sure that they know the AQA GCSE Spanish vocab booklet inside out before moving into 6th form so that they don't feel overwhelmed by the influx of new vocabulary.


Over the Summer holidays, it might be a good idea to watch the film that is on the A level syllabus which is called El Laberinto del Fauno. There is a study guide that goes along with the film which is very useful:

Other classic Spanish films from the AQA options list include: 

·       Ocho apellidos vascos Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2014)

·       María, llena eres de gracia Joshua Marston (2004)

·       Volver Pedro Almodóvar (2006)

·       Abel Diego Luna (2010)

·       Las 13 rosas Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007)

Listening material:

You may find helpful listening to podcasts in Spanish. Duolingo has a podcast (available on platforms like Spotify). 'HoyHablamos' and 'Charlas Hispanas' are also worth checking out.

You could also start listening to the news in Spanish. The podcast 'News in Slow Spanish' is good as it has news stories but they are read out more slowly so that they are easier to understand. Other organisations such as  RTVE, el país, BBC Mundo all have good content - slightly more challenging. 



From GCSE to A Level:

Wort füer Wort by Paul Stocker   

AQA GCSE vocabulary list

Hammer's German Grammar and Usage by Martin Durrell

Deutsche Welle - excellent website for graded listening and reading activities

A-Level to university:

Nachwendekinder by Johannes Nichelmann

Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink

Die Verwandlung by Kafka

Der Tod in Venedig by Thomas Mann

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doeblin

Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Duerrenmatt

Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder by Bertholt Brecht

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boell

Zonenkinder by Jana Hensel

Goethe's Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (can be found online)

Der Prozess and short stories by Kafka (also online)

Der, die, was? by David Bergmann

Der Coup, die Kuh, das Q by CUS

Der Dativ ist dem Genetiv sein Tod by Bastian Sick

Penguin Parallel Texts 








Moving to A Level

Your studies will be substantially different as you enter Sixth Form. Use this opportunity to expand your academic horizons as much as possible and to consider a variety of different approaches to your time at university and A level studies.

If you can find a copy of Alistair McGrath’s Short introduction to Theology then you can make a good start on some of the more technical elements of the A Level course.

A useful introductory work to Philosophy is Sophie’s World by Jostien Gaarder. The combination of History of Philosophy, Philosophical Method and Philosophy as lived experience through the lens of mystery story has been found compelling by many readers. More ambitious pupils would be well served by engaging with aspects of the recommended activities for sixth form pupils below.

Moving to University

Michael Sandel – Justice at Harvard online course provides excellent material for Theologians, Philosophers, Economists, Historians, and anyone else, no matter what university track they are pursuing.

In Our time BBC Radio 4  –  An astonishing archive of subject matter, reliably excellent in content and style which will serve as superb A level extension/ university introduction. Each episode has a reading list attached for those who wish to find out more. Examples from Religion, include Calvinism, Foxes Book of Martyrs, Catharism, Mary Magdalene and the Great Schism. Philosophy examples inckude Plato’s Republic, Cicero, Augustine’s Confessions, Sovereignty and Utiltarianism.

For more reading find out what your university course recommends. One example can be viewed by following this link to the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity list of suggested reading for students interested in pursuing studies in Religion at Cambridge. Note this list is for pupils thinking of applying.

A strong recommendation is that you get a good notebook and keep a record of your reading, and what impression it makes on you. Do not be afraid by confusion, it likely means you are trying. You are still at the very beginning of your journey and will have to do some hard trudging up the mountain before you can turn around and enjoy much of a view.





You should try to use this time over the coming weeks and months to develop your interest in Politics and build your general political knowledge. To be really successful in A-level Politics, the most important thing you can do is start making news consumption a daily habit. Ideally, find three news sources that you are comfortable with and look out for political news on them every day. The following are suggestions, they are not compulsory, but you should try to engage in any that you find interesting.


Here are suggestions for some things you should do to improve your political knowledge:

1.         Creating Case Studies of key events are vital. These will provide you with examples to help you build up examples to use in essays.  Fill in the template on the last page of this booklet for two news stories a week. Copy and paste the story into the middle, and then think about how the story relates to different bits of the course using the boxes (they will not be relevant to all of them). Use reputable news sources— BBC News is a good place to start.

2.         Listen to one podcast daily.

3.         Read one political magazine a month.

4.         Watch one documentary/ television programme weekly.

5.         Choose one or two of the books suggested and read them. 

6.         There are extra things you can also do—look at the Open University courses on page 3 and the useful tasks. 

For further details on how to prepare for A level Politics click here.

For those of you in Upper Sixth keen to continue learning Politics, click here

And anyone keen to engage in some of the big questions on Politics, International Relations and the Media will find some interesting material here:





The Eco-Design by Alastair Faud-Luke.

Preparing for DT Product Design - Research Methods for Product Design (Portfolio Skills) by Alex Milton.

The Genius of Design by Penny Sparkle

The New science of strong materials by J.E.Gordan.

Practical Information and Skills - Visit and look through the websites for excellent resources and problem solving tasks to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level. Recommended are: DATA Design and Technology Association and the Design





Fifth Form pupils should keep a visual diary over the summer. Within it they could make drawings and present photos of significant events (post-lockdown of course): concerts, gallery visits (later in the summer, fingers crossed, otherwise on-line). They should also write down their thoughts on art books, articles and extracts that they read in relation to art. They could also document their mood within it through a series of self-portraits.

The student art guide is a brilliant resource for pupils about to begin A level art and there are some good project examples on the Tate website.

The most beneficial advice would be to draw from life as much as possible. Fill a sketchbook using some of the ideas from the student art guide.

Create photo essays, learn about the rule of thirds as a composition device, investigate the ‘golden ratio’

Reading and programmes for Sixth Form:

Rosalind Davis /Annabel Tilley What They Didn't Teach You in Art School:

John Berger Ways of Thinking

Walter Benjamin The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Robert Hughes: Shock of the New

Grayson Perry: The Reith lectures (4 episodes) (BBC Radio)

Gresham College Art History Lectures on You tube

Listen to a podcast:




The Geographical Association has put resources together that would be a good starting point for pupils thinking of taking geography.



Berners-Lee, M. (2010) How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

Collier, P. (2010) Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity With Nature

Dimbleby, J. (2009) Russia: a journey to the heart of a land and its people

Dharshini D. (2018) The Almighty Dollar: Follow the Incredible Journey of Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works

Harari, Y (2015) Sapiens: A brief history of humankind

Hickel, J. (2017) The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions

Klein, N. (2010) No Logo

Marshall, T. (2015) Prisoners of Geography

Marshall, T. (2018) Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls

McMahon, P. (2013) Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food

Maths and geography

West, G. (2018) Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies


Future learn courses

-short courses on a number of topics that will support the A-level syllabus and beyond. 


​Global flooding over the next 100 years - National Geographic (2015)

Flood (2007)

Capitalism: A love story (2009)

Bombay Calling (2006)

Syriana (2005)

There will be blood (2007)

Bitter Lake (2015)

Superpower (2008)



Some Introductory reading for Economics:

The Undercover Economist and The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics

The Armchair Economist

50 Things that Made the Modern Economy (podcast)

For the very keen:

Doughnut Economics

The Great Economists (Linda Yueh)

Economics TED talks including “the Spirit Level” (on inequality)


For Business a useful start is to read an entrepreneur’s (auto)biography. Branson (though not very in favour right now), Sugar, Knight, Jobs, Musk, Mary Wells Lawrence and Sophie Amoruso are all good starts but pupils could research someone that interests them personally.


Some generally useful reads in the most abstract sense:

Making Money or Going Postal by Terry Pratchett – some subtle (and hilarious) critiques of modern economies

Exhalation by Ted Chiang – Short stories that will really widen their world view (also Obama’s favourite book), some takes on Sociology. Psychology, Economics and Science(fiction)

And a writer that they might not have been introduced to previously – Michael Crichton – an outstanding back catalogue that has something for any of them. Nice literary escapism but always with a message to think on.





Cooking and nutrition



IT skills are required in most roles, and whether you are intending to go to university or joining the world of work, you will be expected to be familiar with at least the basic functions of the Microsoft Office suite, such as Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. Of course, other productivity software suites such as Google Docs are available, but MS Office is the de facto standard. New computer technology develops rapidly, and you will need to demonstrate that you can accept, learn and adapt to new technology as required. Many of you will not have had a formal IT lesson since the second form so this is a very good opportunity to use some of the time you have available to improve your skills in critical software.

Click here for ideas on how you can use and improve your IT skills, particularly useful tips and guidance for pupils about to start university.


The School has signed up to the EtonX careers platform that allows pupils to follow an online course that helps develop skills and ways of thinking that are appealing to employers. The Fifth Form have been signed up for the ‘Creative Problem Solving’ course and the Upper Sixth for the ‘Research Skills’ course. These start on Monday 4 May (see 1st May Newsletter for more information.)

Listen to notable speakers speaking about their career stories.

Write your CV:  Click here for some advice 



Watch: Into Great Silence. Do not be put off by a three hour silent film! This is an extraordinary film; a fulfilling, immersive experience if you simply allow yourself to be drawn into the rhythm and pace of the Carthusian monks of La Grande Chartreuse. This is also highly recommended as a remarkable piece of cinema.


Pray: Sacred Space,

Read: St Augustine Confessions



                                                                                                                                                                                                         Here is a short personalised reading list and message to leavers to stimulate thought: ‘beware the noonday devil’ and spend this time reading as much as you can of ‘the Classics’ – Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid, for instance; and, savour a handful of eighteenth and nineteenth century classical novels, for instance, Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice), Henry Fielding (Tom Jones), Charles Dickens (David Copperfield), Anthony Trollope (Barchester Chronicles), Hermann Melville (Moby Dick) and/or, for the more adventurous Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Stendhal, Balzac and Flaubert . . .  Much of what one needs to stock and shape the mind is there. 


And don’t forget the odd Catholic ‘classic’ or two, such as Augustine’s Confessions, Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory (strong Oratory connection!), or Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy.  And if I had to choose one or two to recommend to the intellectually ambitious Sixth Former: many cite Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment as amongst the greatest novels ever written -  now’s the time to give at least one of them a go and see what the all fuss is about and whether you agree!  And then contact my PA to schedule an MS Teams chat about your thoughts – I’d be fascinated to discuss them with you.


COMPILATION READING LIST – Classics, Arts and Sciences

These lists have been compiled and submitted by different departments; consequently there are some overlapping recommendations. You may want to select from a particular genre or better still challenge yourself with books from across time periods, genres and subject matter.

Classic Selection:                                                                                                                                                               

Bernanos, Georges                    Diary of a Country Priest                                                                      

Wilder, Thornton                      The Bridge of San Luis Rey

                                                      The Eighth Day

Buchan, John                            The Thirty-Nine Steps


Swift, Jonathan                         Gulliver’s Travels

Austin, Jane                              Pride and Prejudice


Dostoevsky, Fyodor                  Crime and Punishment

                                                      he Brothers Karamazov

Orwell, George                         1984

                                                    Animal Farm

Huxley, Aldous                          Brave New World

Bradbury, Ray                           Fahrenheit 451

Miller, Walter                           Canticle for Leibowitz

Chesterton, G.K.                        Orthodoxy

                                                    A Man Called Thursday

Melville, Herman                      Billy Budd

                                                     Moby Dick

Stendhal                                    The Red and the Black

Trollope, Anthony                     The Way We Live Now

                                                     The Warden

Waugh, Evelyn                          Decline and Fall

                                                     Brideshead Revisited

                                                     The Sword of Honour Trilogy

Greene, Graham                       Brighton Rock

                                                     The Power and the Glory

Wodehouse, P.G.                      Any of his novels


Belloc, Hilaire                            The Path to Rome

                                                     The Servile State

Chesterton, G.K.                        St Thomas Aquinas


Lewis, C.S.                                The Abolition of Man

                                                   The Four Loves

Pieper, Josef                            The Four Virtues

                                                    Leisure: the Basis of Culture

                                                    Happiness and Contemplation              

Schall, James V.                        A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning

                                                     Another Sort of Learning

                                                     On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs

Schumacher, E.F.                      Small is Beautiful

McInerny, D.Q.                           Being Logical: a Guide to Good Thinking

Maritain, Jacques                      Introduction to Philosophy

                                                     Introduction to Logic

Sheed, F.J.                                 Theology and Sanity

                                                    Theology for Beginners

Waugh, Evelyn                          Helena

                                                     St Edmund Campion

Adler, Mortimer                        Ten Philosophical Mistakes

                                                     Aristotle for Everyone

                                                    How to Read a Book

                                                     Six Great Ideas

Sertillanges, A.D.                       The Intellectual Life

Rizzi, Anthony                           The Science Before Science

Safranek, John P.                      The Myth of Liberalism

Gombrich, E.H.                          The Story of Art

Cobbett, William                      A Grammar of the English Language

                                                     A History of the Protestant Reformation

Sullivan, Daniel                         An Introduction to Philosophy

Fagothey, Austen                     Right and Reason

Ripley, Francis J                        This is the Faith

Feser, Edward                          The Last Superstition

Goodman, Martin                     The Roman World 44BC - AD180

Orwell, George                         Politics and the English Language

Jensen, Steven J                      Living the Good Life: A Beginner’s Thomistic Ethics

Marshall, Taylor                        Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages

Leen, Edward                           The Holy Ghost

                                                    Why the Cross

Boethius                                   The Consolation of Philosophy

English Literature - Major writers of prose fiction published before 1900:

Jane Austen                              Pride & Prejudice*, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion

Emily Bronte                             Wuthering Heights*

Lewis Carroll                             Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Wilkie Collins                           The Woman in White, The Moonstone

Arthur Conan Doyle                Sherlock Holmes stories

Daniel Defoe                            Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders

Charles Dickens                      Great Expectations* , A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield

Alexandre Dumas                   The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo

George Eliot                             Silas Marner, The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch

Henry Fielding                        Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews

Elizabeth Gaskell                    North & South, Cranford

Thomas Hardy                         Tess of the D’Urbervilles*, The Mayor of Casterbridge

Henry James                             Washington Square, Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw

DH Lawrence                            Sons & Lovers*, The Rainbow, Women in Love

Ford Madox Ford                      The Good Soldier, Parade’s End

Guy de Maupassant                  Selected short stories

Jonathan Swift                          Gulliver’s Travels

William Thackeray                     Vanity Fair

Anthony Trollope                      Barchester Towers, The Way We Live Now

Mark Twain                               The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

Major writers of prose fiction published after 1900:

Chinua Achebe                          Things Fall Apart

Richard Adams                          Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, Shardik

Monica Ali                                   Brick Lane

Kingsley Amis                            Lucky Jim*

Martin Amis                              London Fields, Time’s Arrow, The Rachel Papers

Kate Atkinson                           Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Margaret Atwood                     The Handmaid’s Tale*, Cat’s Eye, The Blind Assassin

Paul Auster                               The New York Trilogy

JG Ballard                                 The Empire of the Sun, The Drowned World

Iain Banks                                 The Crow Road, The Wasp Factory, Complicity

Julian Barnes                           The History of the World in 10 ½ chapters

Pat Barker                                The Regeneration Trilogy

William Boyd                            Any Human Heart

Ray Bradbury                           Fahrenheit 451

John Braine                              Room at the Top

Bill Bryson                                Neither Here Nor There, Notes From a Small Island

Mikael Bulgakov                     The Master and Marguerita

Anthony Burgess                     A Clockwork Orange

AS Byatt                                     Possession

Albert Camus                           The Outsider*, The Plague

Truman Capote                        Love in a Cold Climate, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Peter Carey                               Oscar & Lucinda

Angela Carter                           The Bloody Chamber, The Magic Toyshop, Heroes & Villains

Raymond Chandler                 The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely

Jung Chang                               Wild Swans

Bruce Chatwin                          On the Black Hill, The Songlines

Jonathan Coe                            What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep

Joseph Conrad                          The Secret Agent*, Heart of Darkness

Louis De Bernières                    Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Roddy Doyle                             The Commitments, The Van, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha!

Daphne DuMaurier                   Rebecca, Jamaica Inn

Jennifer Egan                            A Visit from the Goon Squad

William Faulkner                       As I lay Dying

Sebastian Faulks                       Birdsong, Charlotte Gray

J Fennimore-Cooper                The Last of the Mohicans

Fannie Flagg                             Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

EM Forster                                A Room with a View, Howard’s End, A Passage to India*

John Fowles                              The French Lieutenant’s Woman*, The Magus

Jostein Gaarder                        Sophie’s World

G  Garcia Marquez                    One Hundred Years of Solitude*, Love in the Time of Cholera

Alex Garland                              The Beach

Stella Gibbons                           Cold Comfort Farm*    

William Golding                       The Lord of the Flies*

Robert Graves                           I Claudius, Goodbye to all That

Graham Greene                         Brighton Rock*, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair

David Guterson                         Snow Falling on Cedars

Mark Haddon                            The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

LP Hartley                                 The Go-Between*

Joseph Heller                            Catch 22*

Ernest Hemingway                    For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms

Susan Hill                                    I’m the King of the Castle, The Woman in Black

Nick Hornby                               Fever Pitch, High Fidelity

Keri Hulme                                The Bone People

Medieval and Early Modern History:        
Conn Igulden                            Stormbird

Umberto Eco                            The Name of the Rose

Ellis Peter                                  The Cadfael series

Sharon Penman                       The Sunne in Splendor

Josephine Tey                          The Daughter of Time

C J Sansom                                Dissolution, Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation, Lamentation, Tombland                                               

Hilary Mantel                            Wolf Hall, Bringing up the Bodies, The Mirror and the Light

Sarah Dunanat                          Blood and Beauty, In the Name of the Family, Sacred Hearts

Modern History – British History:                 
Charles Dickens                         A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens                         Hard Times

George Eliot                              Middlemarch

Emile Zola                                 Germinal

American Civil Rights:                                                                                                                                                                 EL Doctorow                              The Book of Daniel

Albert French                            Billy

Arthur Miller                             All my Sons, A view from the Bridge, Death of a Salesman

Toni Morrison                           Beloved

Philip Roth                                American Pastoral

Edith Wharton                          The Age of Innocence

Popular Science Books


The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Surface. Monty Lyman

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain. Sarah Jayne Blakemore

The Beautiful Cure: Harnessing Your Body’s Natural Defences. Daniel M Davis

Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds. Cordelia Fine

In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's. Joseph Jebelli

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life. Ed Yong

Bird Sense. Tim Birkhead

Life Ascending. Nick Lane

Cure. Jo Marchant

Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World. Mark Miodownik

Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon. John Browne

Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives. Mark Miodownik

The Disappearing Spoon. Sam Kean

The Elements of Murder - A History of Poison. John Emsley

Aspirin: The Story of a Wonder Drug. Diarmuid Jeffreys

Clearing the Air: The Beginning and End of Air Pollution. Tim Smedley

The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Oliver Morton

Six Impossible Things: The ‘Quanta of Solace’ and the Mysteries of the Subatomic World. John Gribbin

The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter. Paul Steinhardt

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Simon Winchester

The Particle at the End of the Universe. Sean Carroll

The Wavewatcher’s Companion. Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Why Does E=mc2?.Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

Electric Universe - How Electricity Switched on the Modern World. David Bodanis

Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another. Philip Ball

General Science:                                                                                                                                                             
The Invention of Nature. Andrea Wulf

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed For Men.  Caroline Criado Perez

The Information. James Gleick

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made. Gaia Vince




OBJECTIVES: Write a few sentences setting out what areas you want to explore, what skills you want to develop and what in general you hope to achieve in the next six–eight weeks.




AMBITIONS: Write down any of the books you want to read, films to see, podcasts to listen to, and courses to take to meet your objectives.




ACHIEVEMENTS: Write down what you have done from all the suggestions in the Bundle, adding a little review to each to say what you enjoyed or did not like about the activity and in what ways you have benefited.










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