It won’t surprise any of you to hear that English Literature was one of my favourite subjects at school (not, despite what any of you might say, because I got to sit next to a certain fancy of mine!) Distractions aside, we really did read a few decent classics and, although I objected to the constant analysis and laboured picking apart, it is these formative years within which my book obsession started to form. So, which of these ‘key texts’ has stayed with me since?
14. Read at school
I find it baffling that this classic only gets a distinctly average 3.6 on Goodreads as this is, surely, the classic, terrifying coming-of-age tale. Although I haven’t read it since I was sixteen, I remember feeling completely gripped and disturbed by the marooned boys’ slow descent into complete anarchy. The rule of Jack reveals the savagery that lurks within us all, making the vicious scenes within the book all the uglier.