English reading set lists for Grade 10 to 12


Adolescence is seen as one of the most critical stages in a child’s development, and as parents, encouraging reading during this period could not be more vital. Thanks to the digital age, accessing your teens’ set course work could not be easier.

From the minds of legendary playwrights and novelists, to local wordsmiths and laureates, here’s a rundown of the reading set lists you’ll need for your teens, grade ten through to grade twelve.


English Grade 10

  • Fabulous: An Anthology of Short Stories, Lucy Z. Dlamini (Ilima Publishers), short stories (FAL)
  • Finders Keepers, Rosemund Haden (Cover2Cover Books), novel (FAL)
  • Landscapes of Short Stories, Blanche Scheffler (NB Publishers), short stories (SAL)
  • Mhudi, Sol Plaatjie (Marang Publishers), novel (FAL)
  • Mother to Mother – Educational Edition, Sindiwe Magona (David Philip Publishers), novel (HL)
  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press), drama (HL)
  • Shuters HL Poetry Anthology (School Edition), Bridget C. Krone (Shuter and Shooter Publishers), poetry (HL, FAL)
  • The African Dustbin, Victor Mtubani (First League Trading), drama (FAL)
  • The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife, Charles J. Fourie (NB Publishers), drama (HL)
  • The Mark, Edyth Bulbring (Abantwana Publishing), novel (HL)

English Grade 11

  • Dreaming of Light, Jayne Bauling (Tafelberg Publishers), novel (FAL)
  • Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy (Ilima Publishers), novel (FAL)
  • Hearing Helen, Carolyn Morton (NB Publishers), novel (SAL)
  • Itsoseng, Omphile Molusi (Oxford University Press Southern Africa), drama (SAL)
  • Macbeth: Shakespeare for Southern Africa, W. Shakespeare, edited by Roma Gill (Oxford University Press Southern Africa), drama (HL)
  • Poems from all over, Kozain, Monk & Monk (Oxford University Press Southern Africa), poetry (HL)
  • Shuters Short Story Anthology (School Edition), Bridget C. Krone (Shuter and Shooter Publishers), short stories (FAL)
  • Sophiatown, Malcolm Purkey (Macmillan South Africa), drama (FAL)
  • The Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare 2000 series, ed Walter Saunders (Marumo Publishing), drama (FAL) 
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (Maskew Miller Longman), novel (HL)
  • Tsotsi, Athol Fugard (Cover2Cover Books), novel (HL)
  • Vistas of Poems, Blanche Scheffler (Lectio Publishers), poetry (FAL)

English Grade 12

  • Changes: An Anthology of Short Stories, B Walter (Marang Publishers), short stories (FAL)
  • Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton (Maskew Miller Longman), novel (FAL) 
  • Dark Voices Ring, Zakes Mda (NB Publishers), drama (SAL)
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare (Maskew Miller Longman), drama (HL)
  • Imagined Worlds: An Anthology of Poetry, Elise Varga and Clare McIntyre (Macmillan South Africa), poetry (HL)
  • Landscapes of Short Stories, Blanche Scheffler (NB Publishers), poetry (SAL)
  • Life of Pi: Novel and Study Notes, Yann Martel (Oxford University Press Southern Africa), novel (HL)
  • Macbeth: Shakespeare 2000 series, Walter Saunders (Marumo Publishing), drama (FAL)
  • My Children! My Africa!, Athol Fugard (Maskew Miller Longman), drama (FAL)
  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (Macmillan South Africa), novel (FAL)
  • The Mending Season: Novel and Study Notes, Kagiso Lesego Molope (Oxford University Press Southern Africa), novel (SAL)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (Macmillan South Africa), novel (HL)
  • Voice of the land, B Walter (Ilima Publishers), poetry (FAL)

This list has been sourced from the South African National Department of Basic Education

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