Many of the best fiction books are based on families, and siblings in particular. Whether they get along well or at each other’s throats, they can make for some very interesting stories! Here are some of our favourite books about brothers and sisters.
The five Bennet sisters is a classic tale – whether the close and loving relationship between Lizzie and Jane, to the irrepressible Lydia and Kitty up to no good together, to poor Mary in the middle, Pride and Prejudice is as much a story about the relationship between the sisters as it is about romance.
Helen and Ellie are identical twins – like two peas in a pod, everyone says. The girls know this isn’t true, though: Helen is the leader and Ellie the follower. Until they decide to swap places: just for fun, and just for one day. But Ellie refuses to swap back… Beside Myself is a brilliant psychological drama.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a modern classic, the tale of a lawyer defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl in the south in the thirties. Seeing the story unfold from the point of view of siblings Scout and Jem adds a child’s perspective to this struggle for justice.
Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once home to the March family – fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, brutal, dangerous Charlie, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. When past and present begin to collide, The Thirteenth Tale a mystery full of twists and turns.
Though the Harry Potter series is obviously about Harry, the seven Weasley siblings play a fairly key part in the series. They manage to keep the sibling rivalry fairly friendly, and even Percy makes the right decisions in the end.
Through the wardrobe, and Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are through to another world. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe we discover the world of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the Power of the White Witch. And these four siblings are the key to the great change that is coming…
With penetrating insight into the hearts and minds of real people, My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person, and what happens when emotions meet with scientific advances.
The Hunger Games all starts through an act of sisterly love – when sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place, she sees it as a death sentence, and must compete in a terrifying reality TV show.
A true classic, Seven Little Australians has been continuously in print for over a hundred years. From dreamy Meg, and Pip, daring Judy, naughty Bunty, Nell, Baby and the youngest, ‘the General’, these seven children will find their way into your heart.
Laura Chase’s older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister’s tragic death. The Blind Assassin is absolutely recommended.
Who are your favourite fictional siblings?