English teachers are right to be miffed that our largest exam board does not offer pre-20th century novels for study on its popular GCSE English literature course (page 1), not even by Britain's greatest woman writer.
Such an omission could be remedied by adding Pride and Prejudice to AQA's rather dull list. And to show we're not fuddy-duddies, include some contemporary classics, such as Ian McEwan's Enduring Love, or Regeneration by Pat Barker. Read the classics, old and new. Study the movies, examine their social and cultural context. But don't ignore them.