Nine Best Classic Books

Nine Best Classic Books

“If people are still reading the book 50 years after it was published then it's probably on its way to being a classic.”...

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Lord of the Flies (Centenary Edition) by William Golding

Because it’s still deeply shocking for a young reader to discover what can happen when the rules of civilization fall away.

 The Call of the Wild - Jack London

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Because an animal tale should be on the list. This isn’t Marley and Me — Buck is a tough, tough dog in the Yukon Gold Rush.

 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Because it might be the perfect bedtime read. I had to have children to discover this magical book of farmyard thinking.

 To Kill a Mockingbird  - Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Because race continues to be the defining, and dividing, issue of modern America. Atticus Finch is a hero beyond compare.

Anne of Green Gables  - L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by  L. Montgomery

Because redhead Anne Shirley is one of the strongest female characters in children’s literature. Both my daughters love this story.

Heidi (1880) - Johanna Spyri

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Because life’s good on a mountainside. Heidi transforms her Alm Uncle and that's just the start of this heartwarming story of the Alps.

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway

For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Because this novel touches on so many themes, including death and sacrifice. Different to other war novels because it focuses so much on one person.

 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Text and Criticism by Ken Kesey

Because Nurse Ratched is terrifying. This tale of a patient who fakes insanity to land a place on psychiatric ward is funny, sad and touching.

The Secret Garden  - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Because fresh air and nature can heal many things. This Edwardian classic is almost as good as a self-help book in its messaging but more fun to read.


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