Book Spotlight

Check this page every month to see our new stock, and book spotlights (books recommended by the Learning Centre staff each month).

This month we’re focusing on classic fiction – those timeless classics that everyone should try to read in their lifetime. All of the books below will be on display to be borrowed here in the Library, but can usually be picked up fairly cheap from bookstores if you’re not currently in centre!

Our Favourite Classics

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

An incredible coming-of-age novel, and a seminal piece of Young Adult (YA) fiction, written by Hinton aged just 15. The Outsiders follows the rivalry between two gangs – the working-class “greasers” and the upper-class “Socs”. One of the most influential novels of the 20th Century.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm is an iconic piece of political satire, written by Orwell (also author of 1984) back in 1945. Animal Farm is the tale of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where animals can be equal, free and happy. Unfortunately, things aren’t always so easy.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A real classic which has inspired generations of readers – leading to numerous adaptations in media – not least the classic Kate Bush song of the same name. Wuthering Heights is inspired by Romanticism and Gothic fiction, following two families of the landed gentry living on the West Yorkshire moors.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies follows a group of British boys who end up stranded on an uninhabited island following an aeroplane crash. The novel’s central theme is the conflicting impulses toward civilisation and organisation, and toward power – and how this affects the society the boys attempt to set up.


As ever, remember that you can contact us anytime with questions about these books or for further recommendations. Just send us an email to manchester.lrc@intoglobal.com or come see us in person!