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The decision to remove To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men from GCSE exam course content is clearly a good one. Both books were on my GCSE reading list, over thirty years ago, and I am amazed that they are still being churned out for analysis.
Yes, they’re both undoubtedly classics, but there have been many books published over the past 50 years that are more relevant and, frankly, more interesting and better written than these.’. Authors who immediately spring to mind include Iris Murdoch, Howard Jacobson, Julian Barnes, and Iain Banks.
The decision has caused controversy, but if anyone is in any doubt that it’s correct I would refer them to this tweet:
EXCUSE ME BUT LEARNING ABOUT TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AT GCSE WAS LIKE THE BEST FUCKIN THING—
moomin (@sayumaya) May 25, 2014