Genesis / Bernard Beckett


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A state of Denmark
by Derek Raymond.

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

Feed by M. Anderson

Salt by Maurice Gee

The Wall by Elizabeth Lutzeier is a very good YA novel about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakdown of totalitarian rule.

A Desert in Bohemia by Jill Paton Walsh, tracks life in an Eastern European country from World War II to glasnost and is good at illustrating the impact on everyday life.

Road of Bones by Anne Fine is an amazing book, set somewhere based strongly on the Soviet Union. The central character is sent to a gulag as a child, and the book is a terrifying picture of how oppression breeds oppressors.

The Sea-wreck Stranger

Riding Tycho by Jan Mark

Ronan Bennett’s Havoc in its Third Year, is another look at political and social control with a religious component. It’s a description of the deterioration from high ideals to self-service in a 17th C English community and the disastrous impact this has on an erstwhile member of the elite whose loyalty and attitude is called into question. It’s very good indeed, and kids who can cope with “Brave New World” should be able to manage it.

There’s also the book from which the film “The Last King of Scotland” was made. (Idi Amin in Uganda) I have reservations about aspects of the film, but it would certainly fit the topic well. Another book and film set in Africa is “Cry Freedom”, about Steve Biko and Donald Wood in apartheid-era South Africa. Censorship is an important aspect there.

Box by Penelope Todd

Series: "Uglies" "Pretties" "Specials" “Extras” by Scott Westerfeld.

1984 by George Orwell