John Hampden Grammar School

World Book Day 2015




Teacher: Mr Boult

Book(s) Recommended: The Jack Reacher Series by Jim Grant

The books are very entertaining and I often find it hard to put down when I have started reading. I’m now on the penultimate book!


Teacher: Mr Burnham

Book(s) Recommended: Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

I suspect some students will not enjoy it right now, but I hope one day they will return to it and savor the exquisite way in which the author uses the English language. I read some sentences five times over, not because I didn't understand them, but because I enjoyed them so much!


Teacher: Mrs McEvett

Book(s) Recommended: Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep by Siba Shakib


Teacher: Mrs Sharp

Book(s) Recommended: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Brilliantly bitter. A true classic.


Teacher: Miss Wilson

Book(s) Recommended: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Teacher: Mr Wright

Book(s) Recommended: Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

Although this is a book aimed at young adults I read it recently as it is based on the sinking of the Lusitania during WW1. My Great-grandfather was killed while sailing back on the ship from New York and it will be the 100-year anniversary of his death this May. The book is a typical Morpurgo book about a child who survives the sinking of a ship and the story is a tearjerker practically from page one. Oh, yes – there’s a horse involved as well.


Teacher: Miss Lyon

Book(s) Recommended: Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness and Eats Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

(Chaos Walking Trilogy) This excellent young adult science fiction series includes The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. I have read a lot of 'books for teenagers' since becoming a teacher, and can safely say that this series is one of the best. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. The three novels feature two children, Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade, who encounter various moral issues and high stakes as the planet around them erupts into war. It is unusual for me to remember so vividly something I read nearly a decade ago - the first instalment was published in 2008 - which is why I can wholeheartedly recommend this series to all of the students at JHGS!

(Eats Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation) 'So punctuation really does matter, even if it is only occasionally a matter of life and death!' A funny insight into the world of punctuation, in which the author laments the increasingly relaxed rules to which English grammar is subjected. Truss manages to combine humour and instruction in equal measure. As all students of English at JHGS will be well aware, accurate punctuation remains really important to anyone who wants to be considered a literate member of today's society!!


Teacher: Mr McKain

Book(s) Recommended: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

I read it when I was 15. It’s the reason I became interested in philosophy and can therefore be said to have changed my life. An incredible and imaginative journey through over 2000 years of human thought.“The stupidest thing she knew was for people to act like they knew all about the things they knew absolutely nothing about.” 


Teacher: Mr Jones

Book(s) Recommended: Day of War by Cliff Graham and The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson


Teacher: Mr Wood

Book(s) Recommended: H is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Published last year, it's written by a Cambridge academic who, having experienced the sudden loss of her father, is helped to come to terms with her grief by training a goshawk. The writing is amazing, getting the reader into the author's head and that of the bird, and evoking the mystery and beauty of the natural world. 


Teacher: Mrs Aylett

Book(s) Recommended: Born on a Blue Day: The Gift of an Extraordinary Mind by Daniel Tammet


Teacher: Mr Marriott

Book(s) Recommended: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


Teacher: Mr Emm

Book(s) Recommended: Iron Kingdom by Christopher Clark

It is about the rise and downfall of Prussia between 1600 and 1947. It is very well written and is about a subject I find fascinating, that is German history.  Far too many people just think about Hitler and the Nazis when they hear/read the term German history.  This book obviously includes the period between 1933 and 1945 when Hitler was in power.  However what this book shows is that there is so much more to German history than merely those dreadful twelve years.


Teacher: Mr Parbery

Book(s) Recommended: A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890-1924 by Orlando Figes


Teacher: Mr Craven

Book(s) Recommended: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez