Line Up of Lockdown Literature

Sure, it’s sad that we can’t go out in the sunshine, but there’s still plenty of things you can do inside. Here’s our line up of the best books you can read to pass the time!

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


(£2.99 on Kindle // £6.32 paper back // free on audible)

Fahrenheit 451 is a classic work of literature by Ray Bradbury. The novel is set in a dystopia, a world that is ruled by human misery, suffering, or oppression. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is a fireman. However, the firemen in Fahrenheit 451 have little in common with the men in yellow suits, driving red trucks that we picture today. Instead, these firemen are in charge of burning books, which are seen as a threat to society because they cause people to think too much. Instead, people are expected to relinquish their individuality and be content with vapid radio and television shows. Thinking is dangerous. The title of the novel is the temperature at which paper burns-a fitting title considering so much of the plot revolves around the burning of books.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

(£0.49 on Kindle // £2.25 paper back // free on audible)

Young orphan Heathcliff is adopted by the wealthy Earnshaw family and moves into their estate, Wuthering Heights. Soon, the new resident falls for his compassionate foster sister, Catherine. The two share a remarkable bond that seems unbreakable until Catherine, feeling the pressure of social convention, suppresses her feelings and marries Edgar Linton, a man of means who befits her stature. Heathcliff vows to win her back.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

(Free on Kindle // £2.25 paper back // free on audible)

The Great Gatsby, third novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Set in Jazz Age New York, the novel tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

(Free on Kindle // £2.25 paper back // free on audible)

When Jonathan Harker is summoned to the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania for a real estate transaction, he does not know he is entering the lair of the bloodthirsty vampire, Count Dracula. What follows is a race to stop Dracula from spreading his curse beyond Transylvania. The tale of Dracula unfolds through various letters, diary entries, and newspaper clippings…

1984 by George Orwell

(£0.83 on Kindle // £3.99 paper back // free on audible)

A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime. Winston Smith is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country’s leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship — and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother. Remember, Big Brother is watching you.

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