Welcome to the course

This course makes reference to the following texts, which you could borrow from your local library and/or purchase from your local independent bookshop or online from www.bookshop.org

  • William Boyd Long Story Short, Bloomsbury, 2008
  • Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave, 2003
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow wallpaper, 1892
  • Mark Haddon The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time, Jonathan Cape, 2003
  • Thomas Hardy Far From the Madding Crowd, 1874
  • Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go, Faber, 2005
  • David Lodge The Art Of Fiction, Penguin, 1992
  • Jarred McGinnis The Coward, Canongate, 2021
  • Toni Morrison Jazz, Chatto & Windus, 1992
  • Vladimir Nabokov Lolita, 1959
  • Sheena Patel I’m a Fan, Rough Trade Books, 2022
  • Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart, 1843
  • Nikesh Shukla Your Story Matters, Bluebird Books, 2022
  • James Wood How Fiction Works, Vintage, 2009

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