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    Hi, I am studying English literature as one of my a levels, and plan on doing it at uni. I am aware that we need to read outside the set a level texts, and was wondering if anyone has any book recommendations?
    my exam board is ocr and we are currently studing twelfth night and 1984 by George orwell for the dystopia section. After Christmas, we will study a streetcar named desire and a selection of rossetti poems

    The Handmaids Tale is an amazing dystopian novel, anything by Orwell would be good as reading around the specific authors is important. I'm doing streetcar this year, and we compare it to Dutchess of Malfi in our exam due to their themes around women and class, so you could always give that a go.

    For Shakespeare perhaps try reading Othello. Makes a good counterpoint to twelfth night. Maybe also something like Measure for Measure.

    I'd also suggest looking at Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and Brave New World.

    Oh and Fahrenheit 451.

    Handmaids tale is amazing! I read it over the summer, well worth renting the TV show too, it really expands well on the events of the novel.
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