English teacher and author reveals his top 5 books of all time

English teachers spend the day sharing their love of literature and helping students get the most out of texts. But what books are they influenced by? We asked one of the authors of English for Queensland , Lindsay Williams, for a list of his favourite books.

Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

Set in Bundjalung country (northern NSW), an entertaining, passionate novel about love, culture & native title claims.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The classic & subversive novel about the ‘foul dust’ that floats in the wake of the American Dream.

  • IQ84 by Haruki Murakami

I love Murakami, a Japanese writer. His books challenge western ways of thinking about stories.

  • Snowblind by Ragnor Jonasson

An Icelandic noir crime novel – do I need to say anymore?

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

This incredible graphic novel provides an alternative perspective on Singapore’s first 50 years.

Lindsay Williams, Kelli McGraw and Sophie Johnson wrote our brand new two-volume English for Queensland series, designed to exemplify possible learning pathways and model approaches to text analysis and creation by providing depth and complete coverage of the new syllabus in a format that encourages all students to succeed.

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