Novels set in boarding schools

If you’re looking for something to read, you may want to find a novel that you can relate to. Here are a number of novels set (or partially set) in boarding schools. Do they relate to your experience? Which of these have you read?

  1. Lord Dismiss Us – Michael Campbell (1967)
  2. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (1951)
  3. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor (1983)
  4. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
  5. The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
  6. A Good School – Richard Yates (1978)
  7. Friendly Fire – Patrick Gale (2005)
  8. The Night Music – Christopher Campbell Howes (2006)
  9. Skippy Dies – Paul Murray (2010)
  10. Spud – Howard de Ruit (2005)
  11. Prep – Curtis Sittenfeld (2005)
  12. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray (2005)
  13. Cracks – Sheila Kohler (2000)
  14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce (1916)
  15. The Land of Spice – Kate O’Brien (1941)
  16. Old School – Tobias Wolff (2003)
  17. Testimony – Anita Shreve (2008)
  18. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh (1928)
  19. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (1847)
  20. The Chocolate War – Robert Carmier (1974)
  21. A Separate Peace – John Knowles (1959)
  22. The Headmaster’s Papers – Richard A. Hawley (1983)


What do you look for in a book?

Write a note about what you look for when you are choosing a book to read. Do you prefer novels, biographies, history books, sports books? Is character important to you or are you drawn to books with plenty of action? Have you ever been disappointed by a book that did not live up to expectations?

Refer to books you have read in the past or whatever you are reading now. Don’t forget to give the name of the author.

Re-read the Responsible Blogging page before you start and don’t forget to re-read your comment before you publish.

I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

Mrs. Meighan

Gormanston: One College, One Book

The pick for the month of October is ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker.

The cover of the Penguin Classics edition reads:

‘Count Dracula’s castle is a hellish world where night is day, pleasure is pain and the blood of the innocent prized above all. Young Jonathan Harker approaches the gloomy gates with no idea what he is about to face. And back in England eerie incidents are unfolding as strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck. But can Harker’s fiancee be saved? And where is the evil Dracula?’

I’m sure you will all enjoy sinking your teeth into the original vampire story!!

Let us know how you are getting along with it.

Adrienne Rich – 6A1

I would like each of you to post a comment here on the poetry by Adrienne Rich that we have studied in class.

Your comment should give your evaluation of Rich’s poetry and should include accurate quotation. Feel free to mention any technique or image used by Rich that you found effective. You may also tell us what poem you enjoyed the most or if there was any poem that you found challenging.

Remember that the goal here is to share our learning and to reflect on what we have learned in class.

Re-read the Responsible Blogging page before you start. And don’t forget to re-read your work before you publish!

I am looking forward to your comments.

Mrs. Meighan

‘Great Expectations’ in The Helix

A stage version of ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens will be performed in The Helix on Thursday 10th November. ‘This production has all the comedy, mystery, violent melodrama, suspense and poignancy of the original’, according to The Helix brochure.

It may be of interest to those of you who did ‘Great Expectations’ for your Junior Certificate.

See for more information.

English classes at Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co. Meath

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