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We asked BGS History, Geography and Economics teachers to share their favourite reads and authors - Why not add one or two to your Must Reads list?

MR BEAN

CURRENTLY READING


'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'
Dee Brown

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Anthony Beevor, William Golding & Frederick Forsyth

 

RECOMMENDED READING


Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton


 

MS STEVENSON

CURRENTLY READING


'Breath'
Tim Winton

View in catalogue

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Louise Candish, Christian White, Margaret Attwood, Liane Moriarty, Alice Feeney, Heather Morris, Gail Honeyman, Holly Seddon, Sarah Denzil

 

RECOMMENDED READING


To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee


 

MS PLUNKETT

CURRENTLY READING


'The History of Bees'
Maja
Lunde

View in catalogue

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING


Beartown by Fredrik Backman


 

 

MR AVERY

CURRENTLY READING


'The Guns of August'
Barbara Tuchman

View in catalogue

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Raymond E. Feist, Steven Erikson & Peter F. Hamilton

 

RECOMMENDED READING


Magician by Raymond E. Feist

 


 

MR DABELSTEIN

CURRENTLY READING


'Karl, The Universe and Everything'
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

 

'Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story'
Michael Rosen

 

'Chasing the Dragon: The Life and Times of Marc Hunter'
Jeff Apter

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Marcel Montecino, Jefferey Archer, Brian Thacker & Tony Martin

 

RECOMMENDED READING


A Matter of Honour
He Died With a Felafel In His Hand
CrossKiller
The First Horseman
The Mojo Collection: The Greatest Albums Of All Time


 

MS SANDERSON

CURRENTLY READING


'A Clash of Kings'
George R. R. Martin

View in catalogue

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Jessie Burton, Jeffrey Eugenides, Philip Pullman & Khaled Hosseini 

 

RECOMMENDED READING


All the Light We Cannot See, Maus, The Miniaturist, His Dark Materials trilogy, The Book Thief, The Harry Potter series, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed, The God of Small Things & Midnight's Children

 

 


 

DR BARRIE

CURRENTLY READING


'Ecclesiastical History'
Eusebius Pamphili

View in catalogue

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Tacitus, Herodotus & Umberto Ecco

 

RECOMMENDED READING


The Name of the Rose by Ecco, Annals by Tacitus, The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, Histories by Herodotus, Anything by Peter Stanley for Australian Military History, Credo by Melvin Bragg


 

MR CELM

CURRENTLY READING


'The Past in Hiding'
Mark Roseman

 

 

'50 things that made the modern economy'
(Audiobook)

Tim Harford

'The Economist'

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Ben Elton, David Eddings, Capt. W.E. Johns

 

RECOMMENDED READING


To be read in the following order: 
1984 by George Orwell, 
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman (The Foreward is essential, then dip through selected chapters)
Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
...then go sit on a rock for about 40 days and think.

 


 

MR BYRON

CURRENTLY READING


'The Saxon Shore'
Jack Whyte​

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FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, John Birmingham

 

RECOMMENDED READING


Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham


MS WHITCHER

CURRENTLY READING


'The Ghost Empire'
Richard
Fidler

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


In Year 7 we are in the midst of the Fantasy unit so I am re-reading all the favourites:
Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Susan Cooper, C.S. Lewis, Rick Riordan and Lloyd Alexander.

 

RECOMMENDED READING


If you never made it all the way through the 7 book Harry Potter series I recommend you revisit them.  J.K. Rowling's additional material available through Pottermore (website) that provides the backstory to the 'Fantastic Beasts' movies is also well worth a read.  Find out what your patronus is while you are there!

 

 


 

MR CANFIELD

CURRENTLY READING


'The Guidebook for the Enthusiastic Photographer' by Barry Whisson

'Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution 1st Edition'
Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Patrick Rothfuss

 

RECOMMENDED READING


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

MR TREMBLE

CURRENTLY READING


'Doctor Sleep'
Stephen King

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'Boy Swallows Universe' (Audiobook)
Trent Dalton

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Stephen King, Tim Winton, Matthew Reilly & Kate Grenville

 

RECOMMENDED READING


The Secret River, The Lieutenant, Land's Edge, Salem's Lot & Ice Station

 


 

MR FULTON

CURRENTLY READING


'Weapons of Choice'
John Birmingham

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FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Jodi Picoult, Paullina Simmons, John Green, Gayle Forman & James Patterson

 

RECOMMENDED READING


Wonder, The Rosie Project, The Fault in Our Stars & If I Stay


 

MR DEEGAN

CURRENTLY READING


'The Alienist'
Caleb Carr

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O'Connor, Jennifer Egan, Don Delillo & Anton Chekhov ...

 

RECOMMENDED READING


Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Underworld by Don Delillo, Collected Stories by Flannery O'Connor & A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

 


 

 

MS GARDNER

CURRENTLY READING


'The Dry'
Jane Harper

View in catalogue

 

'The Spook's Secret'
Joseph Delaney

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'Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance'
Angela Duckworth

View in catalogue

 


 

 

MS MILLER

CURRENTLY READING


'My Mother's Secret'
J.L.
Witterick

 

FAVOURITE AUTHORS


Jane Austen, Charles Dickens & Agatha Christie

 

RECOMMENDED READING


The Silent Wife by A. Harrison. (About betrayal, revenge and murder.)