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School Novels

Here’s a selection of the popular school novels and plays featured on the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate curriculums. 

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities.

The Great Gatsby

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Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby's origins and desires.


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A DUBRAY BOOKS RECOMMENDED READ As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love, their Nigeria is under military dictatorship and people are fleeing the country if they can. 'Captures the complexities of love and race, and gives a true insight into the immigrant's psyche.' Emma Shannon, Blackrock.

The Playboy of the Western World

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Synge's masterpiece about a father, a son, a woman in love and a tragedy.

A Doll's House

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The Student Edition of Ibsen's classic play, in Michael Meyer's definitive translation.

The Fault in Our Stars

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A Dubray Books Favourite Book of all Time. One of those rare books that makes you laugh out loud in public, weep openly on the bus and want to re-read it almost immediately. (Caoilfhionn Fay, Bray)