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To Sir, with Love (New Windmills) [Hardcover]

E.R. Braithwaite
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1 Aug 1971 0435121480 978-0435121488 1
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. Based on the author's own experiences, this is the story of a black teacher's trials and triumphs with a group of senior pupils in an overcrowded London school.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (1 Aug 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435121480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435121488
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A book that the reader devours quickly, ponders slowly, and forgets not at all-Moving and inspiring" (New York Times)

"E.R. Braithwaite's postwar novel about a black teacher fighting to win the respect of white pupils in a school in the East End of London is a milestone in the campaign for racial equality" (Guardian)

"It is the noblest, most moving, least sentimental account of life in a modern school and of a teacher's struggles with his pupils and with himself that I have come across" (Michael Croft Observer) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The inspirational story of one man overcoming prejudice in a tough East End school. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive achievement 22 Dec 2009
By hiljean VINE VOICE
I picked this up second-hand after hearing something on the radio about the author (I now realise this book and the sequel were serialised on Radio 4 a few years ago). I saw the film starring Sidney Poitier many years ago so knew what it was about. In the book, as always, you get more: his background as a pilot in the RAF, and the discrimination he faced after demob which was overt and appalling.

The real story remains, however, his struggle to engage his final-year students at an East End secondary school and to try to influence their way of thinking and their behaviour. Written in a somewhat formal and dated style, it nevertheless makes a real impression and literally gets you under the skin of what it was like to be a well-educated black person in Britain in the 50s. One of the most memorable scenes in the book (which I can't remember being in the film) was a chance encounter with an elderly and wise man on a park bench who literally changed his life by showing understanding and pointing to a future career. On such unpredictable events our lives can turn!

After I had finished the book I was intrigued to know more about this writer and there is quite an extensive and informative Wikipedia entry on him. Among other facts are that both his parents went to Oxford University, he got a degree and a doctorate at Cambridge, and later went on to become Amabassador for Guyana in Venezuela. He has written several other books, and I would certainly be happy to read more by this author.
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To Sir, With Love by E.R. Braithwaite is a truly heartfelt and inspiring novel about a teacher's trials and tribulations in an East London high school. Braithwaite writes about his own experiences with a senior class and the prejudice that comes with his job. This is an incredible read. Through the perfect balance of description and dialogue, the author really makes you live what he went through as a teacher in that situation. The use of imagery, or word painting, allows you to visualise all of the various settings. What makes this book so spectacular is that we can all relate to this story to some degree, because many of us have been in a terrible situation, which we have overcome and that is exactly what E.R. Braithwaite did; he overcame the prejudice that faced him at every turn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't,t believe I hadn,t read it previously 17 April 2014
By Yogi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My life As a youth worker, lecturer and teacher had perhaps been influenced by the film I watched as a child. The book brings to life both the joy of teaching, and the horror of racial discrimination. Inspiring read for teachers, and all who work with teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good film, great stage play and the book is as good if not better. Something I would read more than once
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used condition as described 11 Dec 2013
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Considering the price of this used copy,,, 1p! I was delighted with my purchase.

Hardcover which was a bonus for such a bargain.
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