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Orpington 100 Books

“Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labour; read as one goes in; read as one goes out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Orpington 100 is a list of 100 books (see below) that the staff, students and parents believe to be classics and that students should aim to read during their time at the Academy. 

Students taking up the challenge will gain hugely from the experience, whether reading for pure pleasure or to broaden their knowledge and literary horizons. Why not take up the challenge yourself and read some or all of the books too, and then discuss them with your child. The staff at the academy will also be reading the books and discussing them with students.

Do you have spare copies?

The library has copies of all the books listed below but if you have additional copies to donate please ask your child to hand it in at reception. Your book will be a very welcome addition to our library.

We’d also welcome your views on the books we have chosen. If you have any comments or thoughts please send them to info@harrisorpington.org.uk.


The Orpington 100 list

Book

Author

A Bend in the River

VS Naipaul

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Daniel Handler

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

Any Human Heart

William Boyd

Atonement

Ian McEwan

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys

Bleak House

Charles Dickens

Brighton Rock

Graham Greene

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web

EB White

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Diary of a Wimpey Kid

Jeff Kinney

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Anne Tyler

Dr Zhivago

Boris Pasternak

Dracula

Bram Stoker

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift

Harry Potter series

JK Rowling

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterley

His Dark Materials trilogy

Philip Pullman

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith

I, Corriander

Sally Gardner

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

Lily Alone

Jaqueline Wilson

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

Middlemarch

George Eliot

Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick

Herman Melville

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

Nausea

Jean-Paul Sartre

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell

Noughts and Crosses

Malorie Blackman

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

On the Road

Jack Kerouac

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Pigeon English

Stephen Kelman

Poems of the Great War: 1914-1918

 

Pride and Prejudice

 Jane Austen

Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier

Refugee Boy

Benjamin Zephaniah

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys

Scoop

Evelyn Waugh

Small Island

Andrea Levy

Suite Francaise

Irene Neirovsky

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

Terror Kid

Benjamin Zephaniah

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

The 39 Steps

John Buchan

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

The Alchemist

Paul Coelho

The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler

The Book Thief 

Marcus Zusak

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

John Boyne

The Catcher in the Rye

JD Salinger

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Mark Haddon

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank

The Golden Notebook

Doris Lessing

The Great Gatsby

F Scott Fitzgerald

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

The Hobbit

 JRR Tolkien

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

The Life of Pi

Yann Martel

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

CS Lewis

The Lord of the Rings

JRR Tolkein

The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco

The Other Boleyn Girl

 Philippa Gregory

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

Stephen Chbosky

The Portrait of a Lady

Henry James

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

The Red and Black

Stendhal

One Day

David Nicholls

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Stranger

Albert Camus

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

The Tin Drum

Gunter Grass

The Twits

Roald Dahl

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John le Carre

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Tom Jones

Henry Fielding

Tracy Beaker

Jaqueline Wilson

Under the Net

Iris Murdoch

Utterly Me

Clarice Bean

War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

Wonderful Life: Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Stephen J Gould

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte