To introduce Creative Writing at Brunel, we want to start by offering you a Reading List. What follows are some of our own favourite novels, from a variety of genres, which we would encourage you to pick up and read:
Normal People (2018), by Sally Rooney
Kindred (1979), by Octavia Butler
Ring (1991), Koji Suzuki
Exit West (2017), Mohsin Hamid
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003), Mark Haddon
Some Questions (to get you thinking about what you’ve read)
As you read, consider both what you like and dislike about these novels. Make notes in your Writer’s Journal:
- Which characters in the novel can you identify with? Or are there any characters who you like to read about, even while you don’t identify with them?
- What is the setting of the novel? Is it familiar or strange? What makes it intriguing or disturbing?
- Who is the narrator(s)? Are they reliable or unreliable? Can you identify any signature aspects of their style or diction?
- What is the genre(s) of the novel? How do you know? Have you read any other works of this genre previously? How does this compare?
Lastly, given that you are reading these texts during a global pandemic: are there any aspects of these fictions which speak to our current situation?