As well as being very talented writers, our Newcastle Young Writers’ Group are ferocious readers. We asked them for some book recommendations, and they gave us classics, non-fiction, fantasy, and everything in between!
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Good in depth analysis of the characters and the unreliable narrator was someone you love to hate.
The Song of Achilles or the Kurt Cobain Journals
Very interesting and poetic in its sense of humankind and strangeness.
Kindred by Octavia E Butler
A mix of historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, with neat time travel.
Cunk on Everything by Philomena Cunk
Encyclopedia to be trusted as a comedy guide and not true fact.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
It’s a mystery. It’s funny, depressing at times and there is a series coming out with Matthew Baynton in it and he is VERY GOOD so you wouldn’t want to miss out.
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
There’s a character with my name and it’s a very good crime novel, mystery woo!
What About Men? by Caitlin Moran
How men are impacted by sexism and the role they play in supporting women. Both funny & powerful.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good comical narration style, easy to follow.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Good story and different to the musical.
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
All of them, they’re really good.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
All of them, I love the characters.
1984 by George Orwell
The best dystopian novel. Horrifying and sucks you in.
The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
Great characters, amazing world, interesting commentary on religion, easy to read.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
It’s interesting because it isn’t told from the perspective of the main characters and it’s surprisingly relatable.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Really sad, it’s about a girl dying of cancer but it will make you feel sad.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams