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GCSE History – Wider Reading

Expand your knowledge and understanding of historical context. These books should give you a greater empathy of how people used to live and the situations people found themselves in.

Some are fiction, some based on fact and others describe events as people lived through them.

  • ‘Regeneration’ Pat Barker – World War One and shell shock
  • ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ John Boyne – Holocaust
  • ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’ Helen Forrester – Poverty in England
  • ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Anne Frank – Holocaust
  • ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Harper Lee – Race relations in the USA
  • ‘Animal Farm’ George Orwell – Governmental control (USSR)
  • ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Erich Maria Remarque – World War One
  •  ‘Of Mice and Men’ John Steinbeck – USA
  • ‘The Road to Nab End’ Wiliam Woodruff – Poverty in England

Or read these authors:

  • Guido Knopp
  • Wilfrid Owen
  • Siegfried Sassoon


Last updated: May 25, 2012