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A Brief Reading List by THEME

Science & Ethics
Honk if You Are Jesus (Peter Goldsworthy)

Sixth Day (film)

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)

Bladerunner (film)

The Island of Dr Moreau (H. G. Wells)

Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

Gattaca (film)

I Robot (film)

Never Let Me Go (Kashuro Ishiguro)

Solar (Ian McEwan)

The Island (film)



Conflict/Contrast between Technology & Nature
Fly Away Peter (David Malouf)

Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

1984 (George Orwell)

Avatar (film)



Landscape / Nature
Dirt Music (Tim Winton)

Death of a River Guide (Richard Flannagan)

Blueback (Tim Winton)

Three Dog Night (Peter Goldsworthy)

Poetry (Judith Wright)

Drylands (Thea Astley)

An Imaginary Life (David Malouf)

The Drowner (Robert Drewe)

The Road from Coorain (Jill Kerr Conway)

We of the Never Never (Aneas Gunn)

Surfacing (Margaret Atwood)

The Riders (Tim Winton)

The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)

Personal / Spiritual Journey
Maestro (Peter Goldsworthy)

Radiance (Rachel Perkins)

Hiam (Eva Sallis)

The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)

The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)

The Piano Tuner (Daniel Mason)

Shirley Valentine (Willy Russell)

The Mosquito Coast (Paul Theroux)

Box the Pony (Leah Purcell and Scott Rankin)

Odyssey (Homer)

Truce (Primo Levi)

Journey to Ithaca (Vicky de Lacy)

Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

Dirt Music (Tim Winton)

The Riders (Tim Winton)

A Place Like This (Steven Herrick)

Salt of Broken Tears (Michael Meehan)

The Death of a River Guide (Richard Flannigan)

The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)

Keep It Simple Stupid (Peter Goldsworthy)

Portrait in Sepia (Isabel Allende)

Atonement (Ian McEwan)

Fury (Salman Rushdie)

An Equal Music (Vikram Seth)

Navigating (Katherine Thomson)

The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)

Sweet Road (Debra Oswald)

The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar & Lucinda (Peter Carey)

Disgrace (J. M. Coetzee)

Rabbit Proof Fence (film)

Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

Night Letters (Robert Dessaix)

The Good Thief (Hannah Tinti)

The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

Mao’s Last Dancer (film)

Slumdog Millionaire (film)

The Sea (John Banville)

Batman Begins (film)

The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

Away (Michael Gow)

Educating Rita (Willy Russell)

Life As a House (film)

Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)

Les Miserables (Victor Hugo/Tom Hooper)

Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life (film)

Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)

East of the Mountains (David Guterson)

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

The Loved One (Evelyn Waugh)

Veronika Decides to Die (Paulo Coelho)

Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder)

Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

Life Is Beautiful (film)

Rhinoceros (Eugene Ionescu)



Disintegration/Destruction of Culture/Humanity
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)

The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)

The Death of a River Guide (Richard Flannigan)

Vinegar Hill (A. Manette Ansay)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee)

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)

Avatar (film)


Future
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

1984 (George Orwell)

Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

Utopia (Thomas Moore)

We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)

The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)

Fool’s Errand (Robin Hobb)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)

Gattaca (film)

A.I. (film)

I Robot (film)

Never Let Me Go (Kashuro Ishiguro)

Children of Men (film)

Wall.E (film)

The Island (film)

The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins/Gary Ross)

Discrimination
The Elephant Man (Ashley Montagu)

The Seven Stages of Grieving (Deborah Mailman & Wesley Enoch)

Philadelphia (filmscript)

Stolen (Jane Harrison)

The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)

An Instant in the Wind (Andre Brink)

A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest J. Gaines)

Once Were Warriors (Alan Duff)

The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (Thomas Keneally)

Rabbit Proof Fence (Doris Pilkington Garimata or Phillip Noyce)

Merchant of Venice (William of Shakespeare)

Disgrace (J. M. Coetzee)

Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson)

Ballad of the Sad Café (Carson McCullers)

Cry Freedom (J. Briley)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

The Color of Water (James McBride)

Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)

District 9 (Neill Blomkamp)

War / Morality
All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)

Selected Poems (Wilfred Owen)

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Louis de Berniere)

The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)

Miracle at St Anna’s (James McBride)

Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)

Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick’s filmscript or novel by Humphrey Cobb)

Private Wars (James McLure)

Regeneration (Pat Barker)

The Hand that Signed the Paper (Helen Demidenko)

Schindler’s Ark (Thomas Keneally)

The Reader (Bernard Schlink)

Cabaret (film)

Life is Beautiful (film)

Johnno (David Malouf)

Maus (Art Spiegelmann = graphic novel)

My Brother Jack (George Jonhston)

Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)

Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut Jr)

Reading in the Dark (Seamus Deane)

If This Is a Man (Primo Levi)

The Dark Room (Rachel Seiffert)

Night (Elie Wiesel)

Apocalypse Now (film)

War Horse (Michael Morpurgo) (or film)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan)

Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)

Glory (Edward Zwick)



Culture Clash
Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)

A Passage to India (E.M.Forster)

Poor Man’s Orange (Ruth Park)

The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)

A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

The Sound of One Hand Clapping (Richard Flannigan)

Six Degrees of Separation (John Guare)

Our Country’s Good (Timberlake Wertenbaker)

No Sugar (Jack Davis)

Stolen (Jane Harrison)

Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson)

The Colour of Water (James McBride)

Disgrace (J. M. Coetzee)

Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)

The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)

The Death of a River Guide (Richard Flannigan)

Once Were Warriors (Alan Duff)

The Piano Tuner (Daniel Mason)

Heat and Dust (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala)

Deadly Unna? (Phillip Gwynne)

The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (Thomas Keneally)

Dangerous Love (Ben Okri)

Fight Club (film)

Monsoon Wedding (film)

The Chosen (Chaim Potok)

Avatar (film)

Billy Elliot (film)

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) (or film)

The Secret River (Kate Grenville)

The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)


Abuse
The Colour Purple (Alice Walker)

Black Rock (Nick Enright)

A Property of the Clan (Nick Enright)

Candelo (Georgia Blain)

Willow Tree and Olive (Irini Savvides)

Sleepers (film)

Property (Valerie Martin)

Redemption
Shawshank Redemption (Steven King)

Magnificent Obsession (Lloyd C. Douglas)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

Atonement (Ian McEwan)

Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan)

Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe)

The Divine Comedy (Dante)

Paradise Lost (John Milton)

That Eye the Sky (Tim Winton)

The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)

The Riders (Tim Winton)

Fly Away Peter (David Malouf)

The Inferno (Dante)

The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

Away (Michael Gow)

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)

The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

I Am Legend (film)

Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)

Les Miserables (Victor Hugo/Tom Hooper)

Family / Childhood
Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)

The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)

The Small Poppies (David Holman)

Our Town (Thornton Wilder)

Away (Michael Gow)

Equus (Peter Schaffer)

The Colour of Water (James McBride)

That Eye the Sky (Tim Winton)

The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)

Billy Elliot (film)

American Beauty (film)

The Gathering (Anne Enright)



Good and Evil
The Devil and Miss Prym (Paul Coelho)

Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder)

Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)

Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)

Third Man (Graham Greene)

High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)

How to Be Good (Nick Hornby)

High Noon (film)

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

Elizabeth [The Golden Age] (film)

Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)



The Past
Candelo (Georgia Blain)

Three Dog Night (Peter Goldsworthy)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The Kitchen God’s Wife (Amy Tan)

Navigating (Katherine Thomson)

The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)

The Sea (John Banville)

The Gathering (Anne Enright)

The Finkler Question (Howard Jacobsen)

Role of Women
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood)

My Place (Sally Morgan)

The Poet and the Women (Aristophanes)

Lysistrata (Aristophanes)

The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)

Lilian’s Story (Kate Grenville)

A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)

The Piano (film)

Shirley Valentine (Willy Russell)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)

Brilliant Lies (David Williamson)

Fortune’s Rock (Anita Shreve)

Wild Swans (Jung Chang)

Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare)

The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)

Veronika Decides to Die (Paul Coelho)

The Wife of Martin Guerre (Janet Lewis)

Emma (Jane Austen)

Bridget Jones’ Diary (film)

Mona Lisa Smile (film)

Property (Valerie Martin)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (Tracy Chevalier)

The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)

Elizabeth [The Golden Age] (film)

Miss Julia (August Strindberg)


Stories about Stories (Meta-Narrative?)
The Piano Tuner (Daniel Mason)

Atonement (Ian McEwan)

Eva Luna (Isabel Allende)

Veronika Decides to Die (Paulo Coelho)

The Devil & Miss Prym (Paulo Coelho)

The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)



Passion/Obsession/Desire
The Collector (John Knowles)

Three Dog Night (Peter Goldsworthy)

Oscar & Lucinda (Peter Carey)

Enduring Love (Ian McEwan)

Perfume (Patrick Suskind)

Hannibal (Thomas Harris)

Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)

Fever Pitch (Nick Hornby)

Chocolat (Joanne Harris)

Sons and Lovers (D. H. Lawrence)

Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)

Equus (Peter Schaffer)

Of Human Bondage (W. Somerset Maugham)

Macbeth (William Shakespeare)

Wanting (Richard Flanagan)

West Side Story (film/musical)

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)



Secrets / Lies /Deception
A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)

Secrets and Lies (film)

Pack of Lies (Hugh Whitemore)

Brilliant Lies (David Williamson or film)

Reading in the Dark (Seamus Deane)

Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)

The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare)

A Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)

The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

Othello (William Shakespeare)

Lantana (film)



Power / Conformity
Equus (Peter Schaffer)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)

1984 (George Orwell)

The Removalists (David Williamson)

Sons and Lovers (D. H. Lawrence)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

The Promise (Chaim Potok)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

Dead Poet’s Society (film)

The Matrix (film)

High Noon (film)

We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)

No Sugar (Jack Davis)

Rhinoceros (Eugene Ionesco)

The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)

The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)

Chocolat (Joanne Harris)

Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquival)

A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

Animal Farm (George Orwell)

Mona Lisa Smile (film)

Property (Valerie Martin)

The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

Chocolat (film)

Healing
Away (Michael Gow)

Dirt Music (Tim Winton)

The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)

The Messenger (Markus Zusack)

Three Dog Night (Peter Goldsworthy)

Sweet Road (Debra Oswald)



Change / Human Nature
Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Educating Rita (Willy Russell)

Bladerunner (film)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)

Positronic Man (Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg)

Sixth Day (film)

Perfume (Patrick Suskind)

Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

Dogville (film)

Confessions of Zeno (Italo Svevo)

Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett)

The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)

If This Is a Man (Primo Levi)

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)




Illusion / Reality
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard)

The Real Inspector Hound (Tom Stoppard)

Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

King Lear (William Shakespeare)

Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)

The Matrix (film)

The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Inception (film)

Atonement (film)



Satire / Criticism
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

American Beauty (film)

The Plague (Albert Camus)

The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)

Animal Farm (George Orwell)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)

1984 (George Orwell)

Private Wars (James McLure)

Ubu Roi (Alfred Jarry)

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

Dead Poet’s Society (film)

We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)

No Sugar (Jack Davis)

The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

The Loved One (Evelyn Waugh)

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee)

Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)

The Meaning of Life (film)

Equus (Peter Schaffer)

Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)

The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

The Catcher in the Rye (J.D.Salinger)

Vernon God Little (D.B.C. Pierre)

If This Is a Man (Primo Levi)

Avatar (film)

Chocolat (film)

I Robot (film)

Metro 2033 (Dmitry Glukhovsky)


Alienation / Isolation
The Sound of One Hand Clapping (Richard Flannagan)

The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (Thomas Keneally)

An Imaginary Life (David Malouf)

Dances with Wolves (film)

The English Patient (Michael Oondatje)

Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)

Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson)

Once Were Warriors (Alan Duff or film)

The Piano (film)

Dirt Music (Tim Winton)

The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)

Vinegar Hill (A. Manette Ansay)

A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)

The Outsider (Albert Camus)



Oscar and Lucinda (Peter Carey)

Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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