To kill a mockingbird
- Call Number: FIC LEEISBN: 9780749301347A black man is falsely accused of raping a white woman. The events are seen through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, whose widower father, Atticus is a principled attorney who makes the controversial decision to defend the accused man. Explores the adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South in the 1930s.
Brave new world
- Call Number: FIC HUXLISBN: 9780099458166Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress-Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.
Lord of the flies
- Call Number: GOLDISBN: 9780571056866A 1954 novel about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. Its stances on the already controversial subjects of human nature and individual welfare versus the common good earned it position 68 on the American Library Association’s list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 1900–1999.
The great Gatsby
- Call Number: FITZISBN: 0140180672Following a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922, the story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
- Call Number: 940.531503 WIEISBN: 0140060286Wiesel writes of his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity.