A selection of stories from Stories of Ourselves Volume 1 is set for the Cambridge International A Level Literature in English syllabus, to be examined from 2024-2026. Arranged in chronological order, it is an anthology of short stories from the 19th to 21st centuries. While all the stories are written in English, the writers come from all over the world, giving readers a multiplicity of viewpoints. There are stories from places as diverse as England and South Africa, the United States of America and the Caribbean.
Fifteen of these stories are set for study for exams from 2024-2026. Some initial guiding thoughts about them can be found by following the links below. These are not exhaustive interpretations, but commentaries designed to offer some insights and starting points for your own study.
Reading beyond those specifically set for study is strongly recommended – there are some fantastic stories here and wider reading is good practice for the Unseen section of Paper 2.
The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Son’s Veto Thomas Hardy
The Door in the Wall H.G. Wells
An Englishman’s Home Evelyn Waugh
The Prison Bernard Malamud
Billennium J. G. Ballard
The People Before Maurice Shadbolt
Five-Twenty Patrick White
Report on the Threatened City Doris Lessing
Games at Twilight Anita Desai
My Greatest Ambition Morris Lurie
To Da-duh, in Memoriam Paule Marshall
Of White Hairs and Cricket Rohinton Mistry
Tyres Adam Thorpe
Real Time Amit Chaudhuri
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