ALTERNATIVE TEXTS LIST

We know there are hundreds of great texts by women and black, Asian and ethnic minority authors that could be on the English Literature set texts lists for GCSE and A Level and available for teachers to choose from. Therefore, we have put together a list of texts we think could be included, and we would like to see more of these texts included on our curriculum in the future.

We appreciate that where texts are new, support and resources for teachers would be needed, but this list serves as a starting point for demonstrating the number of different texts available.

If you are a teacher, student, writer or involved in education we would love to hear your comments and any additional suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@curriculumcampaign.com with your thoughts.


Jose Eduardo Agualusa - A General Theory of Oblivion
Isabel Allende - The House of Spirits
Tash Aw - Five Star Billionaire
JuliaAlvarez - How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
MayaAngelou- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Kate Atkinson - Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Judy Blume - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Anita Brookner - Hotel du Lac
Geraldine Brooks - March
Pearl S Buck - The Good Earth
OctaviaButler- Bloodchild
AS Byatt - Possession
Joyce Carol Oates - Them
PC Cast - House of Night
Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries
Tracy Chevalier - Girl with a Pearl Earring
Beverly Cleary - Ramona and Her Mother
Teju Cole - Open City
EdwidgeDanticat - Brother, I'm Dying
Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss
Kate DiCamillo - The Tale of Despereaux
Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking
Emma Donoghue - Room
Margaret Drabble - The Millstone
Jennifer Egan - A Visit from the Goon Squad
Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists
Anne Enright - The Gathering
Louise Erdrich - The Plague of Doves
ElenaFerrante - Neapolitan Novels
Penelope Fitzgerald - The Blue Flower
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander
Elizabeth Gaskell - Mary Barton
Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love
Nadine Gordimer - The Conservationist
Sue Grafton - Kinsey Millhone series
Germaine Greer - The Female Eunuch
Philippa Gregory - The Other Boleyn Girl
Mohsin Hamid - Moth Smoke
Mohammed Hanif - A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Deborah Harkness - A Discovery of Witches
Saadat Hasan Manto - Atish Paray (Nuggets of Fire)
Mary Higgins Clark - Where Are The Children?
Laura Hillenbrand - Seabiscuit: An American Legend
S.E. Hinton - The Outsiders
Khaleed Hoseini - The Kite Runner
Marlon James - A Brief History of Seven Killings
Barbara Kingsolver - The Poisonwood Bible
Naomi Klein - No Logo
Eka Kurniawan - Man Tiger
Benjamin Kwakye - The Clothes of Nakedness
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems
Kojo Laing - Search Sweet Country
Nikita Lalwani - Gifted
Ursula K.  Le Guin - The Dispossessed
HarperLee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Tanith Lee - Death's Master
Donna Leon - Death at La Fenice
Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook
Yan Lianke - The Four Books
Lois Lowry - The Giver
Mochtar Lubis - Twilight in Jakarta
Katherine Mansfield - The Garden Party
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
Cyrus Mistry - Chronicles of a Corpse Reader
Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees
Lorrie Moore - A Gate at the Stairs
Neel Mukherjee - The Lives of Others
Alice Munro - Dance of the Happy Shades
Dervla Murphy - Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle
Omar Musa - Here Come the Dogs
Fiston Mwanza Mujila - Tram 83
Kiran Nagarkar - Cuckold
V.S. Naipaul - A House for Mr. Biswas
R. K. Narayan - The Guide
Mohammed Naseehu Ali - The Prophet of Zongo Street
ChimamandaNgozi Adichie- Half of a Yellow Sun
Edna O'Brien - The Country Girls
Maggie O’Farrell - The Hand That First Held Mine
Chigozie Obioma - The Fishermen
Kenzaburo Oe - Death by Water
Ben Okri - The Famished Road
Femi Osofisan - Kolera Kolej
Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time-Being
Orhan Pamuk - A Strangeness in My Mind
Nii Ayikwei Parkes - Tail of the Blue Bird
Ann Patchett - Bel Canto
Louise Penny - Still Life
Anne Perry - The Cater Street Hangman
Jodi Picoult - Nineteen Minutes
Annie Proulx - The Shipping News
Ann Quin - Berg
Anna Quindlen - Black and Blue
Ruth Rendell - The Fallen Curtain
MarilynneRobinson - Housekeeping
Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children
Karen Russell - Swamplandia!
Kobina Sekyi - The Blinkards
Taiye Selasi - Ghana Must Go
Diane Setterfield - The Thirteenth Tale
Zadie Smith - White Teeth
Wole Soyinka - Ake: The Years of Childhood
Danielle Steel - Going Home
Mary Stewart - The Moon-Spinners
Cheryl Strayed - Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things
Amy Tan - The Joy Luck Club
Donna Tartt - The Secret History
Jeet Thayil - Necropolis
Miriam Toews - A Complicated Kindness
Rose Tremain - Sacred Country
Amos Tutola - The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Anne Tyler - Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Jane Urquart - The Underpainter
NayyirahWaheed - Salt
Derek Walcott - Omeros
Connie Willis - Blackout/All Clear
Diana Wynne-Jones - Howl's Moving Castle
Adeline Yen Mah - Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Malala Yousafzai - I Am Malala