How many of these 20 classic books have you read? | London Evening Standard


Whether you are a loyal reader or a fair-weather reader of fiction, you’ve probably read and studied at least one of the most acclaimed texts in literature at one point or another.

If you don’t know where to start, the Times Educational Supplement has compiled a list of 100 essential novels for students to read before leaving high school, as voted on by teachers.

While the average reader will probably have a hard time checking off the 100 on the list, you will likely recognize the majority of names in the top 20.

But how many of them have you actually read?

The 20 best books you should have read after graduation

Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The catcher in the rye by JD Salinger

High Expectations from Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The curious incident of the dog during the night of Mark Haddon

John Boyne’s Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

A Kestrel for a Rascal by Barry Hines

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien

Danny, World Champion by Roald Dahl

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