An English Identity - Let's forge it.
So, my friend needs to do a speech about novels that define the "English Identity". Being the boring sods we are, I found this quite hard to pinpoint. It's England, not Britain. So Joyce, Gray etc are out.
It can span any length of time... I mean, Dickens maybe? That's as close as I can get. Orwell's essays maybe.
I supplicate to you all. Help me please.