She's just 18, a rather quiet and studious girl (she's lovely!) and she wants to find some new authors.
She's read a lot of Victorian literature, Dickens, Hardy, Brontes, etc, but wants to read something a bit more modern. No scifi, no horror, no fantasy.
She has enjoyed The Curious Incident, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Mr Pip, and a few others. I think she'd like to find a new author rather than individual books if that makes sense, although not necessarily a series.
Any suggestions would be fantastic, thank you. I'm planning to take her book shopping next week.
We bought Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Wide Sargasso Sea, The Kite Runner and Animal Farm. I've lent her my own copies of The L-Shaped Room and The Collector.
That's enough for now, there's a birthday before Christmas, so lots more on the list will be bought! We looked at a few others (some weren't in stock) and have a list of more to get later on. Thank you all so much for your suggestions.
There's so much amazing Young Adult lit available, and at 18 she doesn't even need an excuse to read the stuff! There's a real trend toward dystopian fiction in YA at the mo, and lots of great stuff available which could only narrowly be defined as fantasy, so perhaps she'd still enjoy it.
I highly recommend:
Nought and Crosses by Malorie Blackman as a starting point.