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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148045771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480457713
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,431,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eye-opening. An important glimpse of life and attitudes from not so long ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
excellent 17 Jan. 2009
By MDcares - Published on
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just finished reading this wonderful book. what a wonderful man. to sir with love is one of my favorite movies. this book is a deep, heart-felt accounting of his years working with social services placing children. the book is very well written. the stories are a wonderful portrayal of human nature. i highly reccomend this book to anyone with an open heart who cares about children. i plan to read all of his other books. his writing is very compelling.
Great book. 10 Oct. 2014
By B. Wolinsky - Published on
Format: Paperback
After being laid off from a teaching job thanks to downsizing, Braithwaite gets a job with social services. His job now involves children, not teenagers; specifically, he has to find foster homes and/or adoptions for black orphans. Just like in the USA, it's a losing fight to find people willing to adopt a five year old boy, much less a wealthy white couple to adopt a black one. Then there's red tape, the wishy-washy waffling of the head of the department, the expectation that Braithwaite knows how all black Britons think.

In the last book, "To Sir With Love," there were a lot of issues pertaining to post-war Britain; fatherless kids, crippled vets, lack of jobs. Now, ten years later, there's a new set of troubles; West Indian parents can't reconcile London life against what they're used to, fathers and mother give up, and these kids are left in limbo. There's a funny scene where the author makes a house call, and gets yelled at by the father from an upstairs window. He yells back "if we were home, you wouldn't be caught dead talking to me from upstairs!" Being in a new country can corrupt you fast.

The racism here in the book, as it did in his last one, seems more of a gentile kind of racism; you get a whole lot of "looking down" as opposed to having a brick through your window (though I'm sure that did happen often.) Perhaps it was all a remnant of the British class system?

Regardless, the goal of the nations welfare state had certainly changed. By the time these events take place, there were well-kept homes for orphans in Britain. 100 years earlier, in the Dickens age, these children would've ended up in the workhouses.
Excellent Book Crying Out To Be Read 20 Sept. 2014
By lovetoread - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a follow on memoir of E. R. Braithwaite, a snapshot of his time with the Welfare Office working with and for children who need foster and permanent homes. In this book you learn that Braithwaite spent 8 years as a schoolmaster before making this change. While there are no character overlaps from To Sir, With Love, it really does feel like a continuation of that book.

You have the same charming and intellectual writing style. The musings and sentiments of Braithwaite and his reactions to the world and people around him. I really can't say enough good things. I was drawn in immediately and read the book, nearly in one sitting. I was fresh off a reread of To Sir, With Love, so your mileage my vary. It does answer one of the big questions readers have about Braithwaite from that book, but I won't spoil it! Recommend to everyone who love memoirs, To Sir, With Love, social politics.
Great Writing 7 May 2010
By Steven Friedman - Published on
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From the author of To Sir With Love, comes another riveting story of race and adjusting to life. Highly recommend it.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not as memorable as "To Sir, With Love" 12 Mar. 2006
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Format: Hardcover
I read this a couple of months ago, and all I can tell you at this point is that it's about his time as a social worker in England, after the time period of "To Sir, With Love."
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