Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Recommended by Jennifer Webb @FunkyPedagogy

Form: Dystopian Novel

Length: 288 pages

Brief synopsis: Set in a dystopian society where the state has sanctioned human cloning, this novel centres on a private institution where clones are kept with the intention that they will be harvested for organ donations. This is something which isn’t made clear to the reader at the start of the novel – the full reality is revealed gradually.

Age recommendation and challenging content: I’d recommend this for mature Y9 students, but generally Y10 upwards – it used to be a GCSE set text. Trigger warnings: homophobia, misogyny, death of a loved one, infertility, bullying

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Really compelling, beautiful prose style and an expertly crafted story. A modern classic – shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2005.

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