Literary Snapshots Booklet

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The booklet is formed of twenty short extracts from the novels listed below:

1. All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. Anita and Me, by Meera Syal
4. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières
5. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid
6. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
7. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, by Laurie Lee
8. Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
9. The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst
10. The Kite Runner, by Khalid Hosseini
11. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
12. Memento Mori, by Muriel Spark
13. The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene
14. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle
15. Spies, by Michael Frayn
16. Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre
17. High-Rise, by J. G. Ballard
18. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
19. Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys
20. The Buddha of Suburbia, by Hanif Kureishi

There are five basic questions for each extract. Good stuff, perhaps, for GCSE English Language work – for starter activities and so on. Hopefully, the booklet will provide students with a ‘snapshot’ of some really interesting and diverse literary fiction that they might want to discuss and pursue.

Feedback always welcome –


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