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Summer reading 06.07.20

Studying for your A-levels is an exciting and interesting time in your education and part of the reason for that is the opportunity for wider reading.

This wider reading will support and bolster your understanding of subject material and help prepare you for future study.

Listed below are texts that some subject areas consider useful prior to you joining us in September: it would be a great idea to take a look and spend some time reading a selection of them over your summer break.



  • CGP – Head Start to A-Level Chemistry (£5 on Amazon)

English Lang/Lit

English Literature



  • Online news articles on geography and the natural world


  • Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (this is the novel we study) 
  • Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink Zonenkinder by Jana Hensel  
  • Russendisko by Wladimir Kaminer  
  • Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder by Bertolt Brecht


  • Winter King – Thomas Penn (Tudors)
  • Tudor: The Family Story – Leanda de Lisle (Tudors)
  • The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution – Robert Service (Russia)
  • Revolutionary Russia, 1891 – 1991 – Orlando Figes (Russia)


  • Glanville Williams: Learning the Law (16th Edition) – A.T.H. Smith


  • British Politics: A beginner's guide – Richard S. Grayson
  • A recent Prime Minister's autobiography – Tony Blair, David Cameron or Nick Clegg