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What books should children be taught for GCSE English?

Posted at 7:32AM Tuesday 03 Jun 2014

Which texts should we teach the next generation of readers? Three exam boards – OCR, AQA and the Welsh board WJEC – have just published their lists of set texts for English Literature GCSE. The result looks like a redrafting of the canon. While the Man Booker Prize has recently decided to admit American writers into competition, conversely the line-up of GCSE set prose books has excluded the familiar American classics Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. Now a kind of literary parlour game has begun: which books would you put on?

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