Theme – The importance of Storytelling – Yr 13

A short story / poem, a play and a film on the theme of the importance of storytelling.

Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel.

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon (Perhaps there's something on this list that might jump out at you?)

Coupland's thematic sequel to Generation X strives once more to explore and define the edges of group identity through a Decameron-style storytelling marathon. Taking place in a near-future in which bees have become inexplicably extinct, five young men and women become the subjects of fame and scientific curiosity when they're the first people in five years to suffer a sting. Zack, an Iowa farmer, is the first and is soon followed by Harj in Sri Lanka, Samantha in New Zealand, Diana in Canada and Julien, who resides in Paris but lives primarily in World of Warcraft. Captured by a clandestine organization headed by a man named Serge, the unlikely group is eventually moved to a remote island, where Serge compels them to recite stories.

Katherine Mansfield's The Doll's House

Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the sea of stories.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom - Morrie telling his life story.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – death telling the story of a young girl’s life during WW2.

Roald Dahl’s biography which explains why/how he became a storyteller.

A Boy Called It – coming to terms with life experiences or how storytelling has kept customs alive in different cultures (myths & legends)

The Journey by John Marsden

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – fantasy, but with lots of emphasis on telling the story in the right way.

John Marsden’s The Journey
I Capture the Castle is a wonderful novel by Dodie Smith about a teenage girl trying to develop her writing skills, and trying to help her father, a published author, overcome his writer’s block. I believe it has been made into a movie, but I haven’t seen it.


Voyage of the Arctic Tern by Hugh Montgomery a beautifully illustrated book written in the form of a poem.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner for the poem

The princess bride

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Heavenly creatures

“How art made the world”, BBC 2008, on the development of human communication, including storytelling.