Summer Reading

2024 Portsmouth Abbey School

Summer Reading


Dear Students,


Though summer presents us with a welcome break from academic life, it's important to keep your minds active between the months of June and August. Reading a novel or two is one of the best ways to maintain your sharpness during this time—hence the tradition of "summer reading" in secondary schools. 


With that in mind, see below for Portsmouth Abbey's 2024 summer form readers. We have selected the novels from a fairly diverse range of authors, with an eye toward contemporary, engaging fiction. We hope that the experience of reading and thinking about your novel will resonate with topics that you have encountered (or will soon) in your classrooms here at the Abbey. Cognizant of the ubiquity of screens in our lives, we encourage you to engage in the reading process fully and phyisically: buy a hard copy of the book, put aside distractions, and set aside time to read thoughtfully. Shortly after you return to school, you will be asked to display your knowledge of the assigned book and discuss it with your peers.


Have a great summer!



The English Department


Summer Form Readers 2024-25 School Year



Form III: 

                 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein


Form IV: 

                The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis


Form V: 

                 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


Form VI: 

                 Hamnet  by Maggie O’Farrell