I've been lucky enough to get a place on an English PGCE for September. I was made redundant from my TA job a couple of months ago so I've got time on my hands and I want to use it productively. I'd like to focus on getting ahead with useful reading for the course, as I know the workload is going to be huge. I was hoping that people might be kind enough to suggest books they see as essential reading. Obviously, I have been reading all the commonly used texts for KS3 and KS4, and as I've got a teenage daughter I read a lot of current teen fiction anyway - but it would be so helpful if people could suggest the books they thought are essential for a PGCE student to read. Any other tips on surviving the course would also be very gratefully received. I'm a mature student and so overjoyed at getting this place, I really want to make a success of teaching.