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Year 9 Reading List



  • Brighton Rock’ Graham Greene
  • ‘Catch 22’ Joseph Heller
  • ‘Collected Poems’ Philip Larkin
  • ‘Dracula’ Bram Stoker
  • ‘Empire of the Sun’ J.G. Ballard
  • ‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley
  • ‘I Claudius’ Robert Graves
  • ‘Shakespeare: The World as a Stage’ Bill Bryson
  • ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ Ernest Hemingway
  • ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ Ken Kesey
  • ‘Remains of the Day’ Kazuo Ishiguro
  • ‘Burning Secret’ Stefan Zweig
  • The Classics Challenge: read at least three classic novels by writers like Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett over one year.
  • Short stories from America


  • Watch ‘The Code ’by Marcus Du Sautoy Part 1
  • Watch ‘The Imitation Game’, a film about Alan Turing.
  • ‘How to Bake Pi’ Eugenia Cheng
  • Mathway:
  • Try the free app ‘Photomaths’ 


            With no idea how to get there, the race to the moon begins – “We intend to win”.   






Modern Foreign Languages 



Art and Textiles


Philosophy and Ethics

  • Watch Life and Death Row programme – BBC iPlayer. Consider how criminals should be punished? Should the death penalty ever be an option?
  • Read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Consider whether people should be allowed to choose the gender of their baby. Should people be forced to donate their organs when they die? Should we clone humans so we can use their organs to cure cancer victims? Watch Vera Drake. At what stage should the abortion of a foetus become illegal?
  • Watch A Short Stay in Switzerland. Should euthanasia be made legal?
  • Read some of the introductory philosophy books on this reading list.






  • ‘Black Snow’ Mikhail Bulgakov


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Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020