Summer reading list for teachers

Friday August 8, 2014

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It’s finally time for hardworking teachers across the country to enjoy some well-deserved time off, and what better way to unwind than with a good book?

As a thank you for all the hours teachers put in throughout the year, WST have selected a list of great books that are worth cracking open wherever you are during your summer holidays, whether jetting off on holiday, or just relaxing at home.

To share our love of reading, we’ve been asking teachers in our Twitter community for recommendations on the books they’ve been looking forward to reading or even re-reading. From crime thrillers to romantic novels, we’ve found a book to cater to everyone’s taste

The Lie by Helen Dunmore
Rated 5 stars by the Telegraph, Helen Dunmore's ambitious tale sways between ghost story and a study of war trauma.  

The Good Spy by Kai Bird
A thoroughly fascinating biography of Robert Ames, an important CIA operative who died in the Beirut embassy bombing, written by American Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, Kai Bird.

 Redeployment by Phil Klay
A collection of short yet brutally frank stories about the traumas and moral compromises that modern marines face in Iraq. Klay compiled these stories from his own first-hand experience, when he spent a year in Iraq with the marines. 

Perfect by Rachel Joyce
Rachel Joyce's novel is a story of two tales combined: a coming-of-age story about a boy who becomes concerned when the British government adds two seconds to the year, and the tale of a man with OCD.

Birdmen by Lawrence Goldstone
A flawlessly researched account of the early years of flight, when the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss were locked in a bitter dispute that shaped the future of the entire aviation industry.

Family Life by Akhil Sharma
This heart-breaking story of a boy whose brother suffers brain damage after diving into a swimming pool took author Sharma 13 years to compose.

You may still be conquering the mountain of titles you were given as gifts during the Christmas holidays, or the pile of award-winners you picked up last summer, but we would love to hear if we have missed one of your favourite books off our list, teachers? These are just a small handful of the must read books of 2014; we’d love to hear your recommendations via Twitter too.