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Novels

Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits

Jessica Anderson

Tirra Lirra by the River

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Julian Barnes

A History of the World in 9½  Chapters

John Banville

The Book of Evidence

Martin Boyd

A Difficult Young Man

William Boyd

A Good Man in Africa

Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

A.S. Byatt

Possession

Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities

Albert Camus

The Plague

Joyce Carey

The Horse’s Mouth

Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda

J.L. Carr

A Month in the Country

Manuel Cervantes

The Adventures of Don Quixote

Kate Chopin

The Awakening

Wilke Collins

The Woman in White

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Dante

The Divine Comedy

Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe

Charles Dickens

David Copperfield

Novels (Continued)

E.L. Doctorow

Book of Daniel World’s Fair

J.P. Donleavy

The Ginger Man

F. Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

Theodore Dreiser

An American Tragedy

Umberto Eco

The Name of the Rose

George Eliot

Adam Bede

William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury

Henry Fielding

Tom Jones

Flaubert

Madam Bovary

E.M. Forster

A Passage to India

John Fowles

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Miles Franklin

My Brilliant Career

John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga

Helen Garner

Monkey Grip

Goethe

Faust

Nikolai Gogol

Dead Souls

Maxim Gorky

My Childhood

Gunter Grass

The Tin Drum

Graham Greene

The Power and the Glory

L.P. Hartley

The Go-Between

Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’Urbevilles

Shirley Hazzard

The Transit of Venus

Barry Hill

Beyond the Refinery

Joseph Heller

Catch 22

Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

Hermann Hesse

Steppenwolf

Victor Hugo

Les Misérables

Homer

Odyssey, Iliad

Kazuo Ishiguro

Remains of the Day

Henry James

Washington Square

Elizabeth Jolley

The Well

James Joyce

Ulysses

Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm

Franz Kafka

The Trial, The Castle

Nikos Kazantzakis

Zorba the Greek

John Kerouac

On the Road

Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon

Giuesppe di Lampedusa

The Leopard

D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers

Doris Lessing

The Grass is Singing

Wyndenham Lewis

Tarr

David Lodge

Changing Places

Bernard Malamud

The Fixer

David Malouf

Fly Away Peter

Katherine Mansfield

The Garden Party

Thomas Mann

Death in Venice

Gabriel G. Marquez

100 Years of Solitude

Hermann Melville

Moby Dick

Roger Milliss

The Feast of Luprecal

Toni Morrison

Beloved

V.S. Naipul

A House for Mr Biswas

Frank Norris

McTeague

Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient

Boris Pasternak

Dr Zhivago

Thomas Love Peacock

Nightmare Abbey

E. Annie Proulx

The Shipping News

Katherine S. Prichard

Coonardoo

Thomas Pynchon

The Crying lot of 49

Siân Rees

The Floating Brothel

David Remnick

King of the World

H. H. Richardson

Fortunes of Richard Mahoney

Upton Sinclair

Dragon's Teeth

Issac Bashevis Singer

The Slave

Tobial Smollett

Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Christina Stead

The Man Who Loved Children

Gertrude Stein

The Things as They Are

John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath

Stendhal

Scarlet and Black

Laurence Sterne

Tristram Shandy

Randolph Stow

Merry Go-Round in the Sea

August Strindberg

Miss Julie

Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels

Graham Swift

The Sweet Shop Owner

William Thackery

Vanity Fair

Paul Theroux

The Mosquito Coast

Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenin

Glen Tomasetti

Thoroughly Decent People

Chrétien do Troyes

Arthurian Romances

Mark Twain

Adventures of Huck Finn

Anne Tyler

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Unknown

The Niebelungenlied

Unknown

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Unknown

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Voltaire

Candide

Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse Five

Robert Penn Warren

All the King's Men

Evelyn Waugh

Brideshead Revisited

Nathanael West

The Day of the Locust

Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence

Patrick White

The Aunt’s Story

Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Grey

Tim Winton

Cloudstreet

Zola

Nana

List compiled by Mr George Marotous

Subcontinental authors

Authors, Indian

 

Adiga, Aravind White tiger

Bannerjee, Sarnath All quiet at Vikaspuri (graphic novel)

Bond, Ruskin The night train at Deoli     

Bond, Ruskin The blue umbrella

Chandra, Vikram Sacred games

Chatterjee, Upamanyu English, August

Desai, Anita Games at twilight

Desai, Kiran Inheritance of loss

Ghosh, Amitav The Hungry Tide

Ghosh, Amitav The glass palace

Jhabvala Ruth Prawer

Lahiri, Jhumpa The namesake   

Lahiri, Jhumpa The lowland     

Lahiri, Jhumpa Interpreter of maladies

Mistry, Rohan A fine balance    

Mistry, Rohan Family matters

Narayan, R.K. Malgudi schooldays

Roy, Arundhati The God of small things

Rushdie, Salman Midnight’s children

Seth, Vikram A suitable boy

Singh, Kushwant Train to Pakistan

Suri, Manil The death of Vishnu

About India

Dalrymple, William Nine lives  

Dalrymple, William City of Djinns

Roberts, Gregory David Shantaram

Pakistan

Ali, Tariq

Aslam, Nadeem The blind man’s garden     

Aslam, Nadeem Maps for lost lovers

Bhutto, Fatima The shadow of the crescent moon

Haider, Shazaf Fatima How it happened

Hamis, Mohsin The reluctant fundamentalist    

How to get filthy rich in rising Asia

Hanif, Mohammed A case of exploding mangoes

Khan, Usma Aslam The geometry of God

Mahal, Zeenat The contract

Shamsie, Kamila Salt and saffron

Yousafzai, Malala I am Malala

Selected international literature

Reading critically

Reading critically (Melbourne University)

Authors you should read

Authors you should read (organised by period)
Ancient 
Homer
Aeschylus
Sophocles
Euripides
Aristophanes

Medieval
Chaucer
Dante

Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries
British
Christopher Marlowe
William Shakespeare
Ben Jonson
John Webster 
Jonathan Swift
Oliver Goldsmith
Daniel Defoe
Henry Fielding
Tobias Smollett
Laurence Sterne
Richard Sheridan

French
Michel de Montaigne
Moliere
Voltaire

German
Johann von Goethe

Nineteenth Century
French
Victor Hugo
Honore de Balzac
Stendhal 
Gustav Flaubert
Guy de Maupassant
Emile Zola

Scandinavian
Henrik Ibsen
August Strindberg

British
Jane Austen
Charlotte Bronte
Emily Bronte
Samuel Butler
Wilkie Collins 
Charles Dickens 
George Eliot
Thomas Hardy
Rudyard Kipling
Thomas Love Peacock
William Thackeray 
Oscar Wilde

Russian
Nikolai Gogol
Ivan Turgenev
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Leo Tolstoy
Anton Chekhov

American
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Herman Melville
Edgar Allan Poe
Stephen Crane
Henry James
Mark Twain
Frank Norris

Twentieth Century
British
Samuel Beckett
Arnold Bennett
Joyce Cary
Joseph Conrad
Arthur Conan Doyle
Ford Madox Ford
E. M. Forster
John Galsworthy
Graham Greene
Aldous Huxley
James Joyce
D.H. Lawrence
Thomas Mann
W. Somerset Maugham
Robert Musil
George Orwell
George Bernard Shaw
Evelyn Waugh
H.G. Wells
Virginia Woolf

American
Edward Albee
Paul Auster
Saul Bellow
Robert Bolt
Cunningham
Don De Lillo
Theodore Dreiser
William Faulkner,
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Patricia Highsmith

Twentieth Century (cont)
American
Ernest Hemingway 
Sinclair Lewis
Bernard Malamud
Cormac Mccarthy 
Carson Mccullers
Arthur Miller
Toni Morrison 
Vladimir Nabokov
Tim O'Brien
Eugene O'Neill
Joyce Carol Oates
Annie Proulx
Phillip Roth
J.D. Salinger
Upton Sinclair
Jane Smiley
Gertrude Stein
John Steinbeck
Paul Theroux
Ann Tyler
Robert Penn Warren
Nathanael West
Edith Wharton
Thornton Wilder 

Australian
Murray Bail
Martin Boy, 
Peter Carey
Dessaix, Robert
Drewe, Robert
Herbert, Xavier
Elizabeth Jolley
Thomas Keneally 
Ray Lawler
David Malouf
Henry Handel Richardson 
Christina Stead 
Patrick White
David Williamson
Tim Winton

European
Alain-Fournier
Isabel Allende,
Jean Anouilh, 
Heinrich Boll 
Bertolt Brecht
Mikhail Bulgakov,
Italo Calvino
Albert Camus
Jean Coctoeau
Giuseppe Di Lampedusa 
Isak Dineson
Carlos Fuentes
Andre Gide
Gunter Grass
Maxim Gorky
Hermann Hesse
Peter Hoeg
Franz Kafka
Milan Kafka
Andre Malraux
Thomas Mann
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Luigi Pirandello
Sartre
W.G. Sebald
Mikhail Sholokhov
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Asian & Middle Eastern
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Jung Chang
G V Desani
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Yukio Mishima
Rohinton Mistry
Timothy Mo
Bharati Mukherjee
Haruki Murakami
Arundhati Roy 
Salman Rushdie
Lisa See
Vikram Seth
Rabindranath Tagore
Amy Tan
Lu Xun
Cao Xueqin

The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Arabian Nights
Diana Abu-Jaber
Assia Djebar 
Hafiz
Sun’Allah Ibrahim 
Khedairi, Betool
Omar Khayyám
Naguib Mahfouz
Amin Maalouf
Abdelrahman Munif 
Iraj Pezeshkzad 
Rumi
Nawal Saadawi 
Rafik Schami
Ahdaf Soueif
Bahaa Taher

List compiled by Mr George Marotous

Short Stories

Thea Astley

Hunting the Wild Pineapple

Barbara Baynton

Bush Studies

Peter Carey

Collected Stories

Raymond Carver

Short Cuts

Beverley Farmer

Collected Stories

Helen Garner

Postcards from Surfers

Nadine Gordimer

Six Feet of the Country

Earnest Hemingway

Men Without Women

Henry Lawson

The Bushundertaker and Other Stories

Flannery O’Connor

Everything that Rises Must Converge

Edgar Allan Poe

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Tim Winton

A Minimum of Two

Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway

List compiled by Mr George Marotous

Poetry

Robert Browning

Selected Poetry

Elizabeth B. Browning

Selected Poetry

Chaucer

The General Prologue to The Canterbury tales

Bruce Dawe

Sometimes Gladness

Emily Dickinson

Selected Poetry

John Donne

Selected Poems

T.S. Eliot

The Wasteland; Collected Poetry

John Forbes

Collected Poems

Robert Frost

Selected Poems

Robert Gray

New Selected Poems

Thomas Hardy

Selected Poetry

Gwen Harwood

Selected Poetry

Seamus Heaney

Selected Poetry

Gerald M. Hopkins

Poems and Prose

John Keats

Selected Poetry

Robert Lowell

Selected Poetry

John Milton

Paradise Lost

John Shaw

Poetry, Autobiography and Correspondence

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Idylls of the Kings

Adrienne Rich

The Fact of a Doorframe

Stevie Smith

Collected Poems

Thomas Wyatt

The Complete Poems

Judith Wright

Selected Poetry

W.B. Yeats

Selected Poetry

List compiled by Mr George Marotous

Plays


 

Aeschylus

The Orestia

Edward Albee

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Jean Anouilh

Eurydice

Aristophanes

The Frogs

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot

Robert Bolt

A Man for all Seasons

Bertold Brecht

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Anton Chekhov

The Three Sisters

T.S. Eliot

Murder in the Cathedral

Euripides

Medea

Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler

Ben Jonson

Volpone

Christopher Marlowe

Doctor Faustus

Arthur Miller

The Crucible

Moliere

The Misanthrope

Eugene O’Neill

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Peter Schaffer

Amadeus

Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare

Hamlet

Shakespeare

King Lear

Shakespeare

Richard II

Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion

 

Richard Sheridan

The School for Scandal

Sophocles

The Theban Plays

Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead

Dylan Thomas

Under Milk Wood

John Webster

The Duchess of Malfi

Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

Tennesse Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire

David Williamson

Dead White Males

List compiled by Mr George Marotous