Our favourite coming-of-age stories
Discover our edit of the very best books about growing up.
'When a child first catches adults out - when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just - his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone.’ John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Writers and readers repeatedly return to the subject of growing-up. The confusing, difficult, and exciting journey from child to adult is one that provides authors with endless material. We've put together a list of what we consider to be the very best coming-of-age books and novels about growing up.