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5.0 out of 5 stars Written for children, great for adults
This book is brilliant. It tells the tale of a true modern hero: Tull's rise against the odds is a modern morality tale. It sounds like a film script, but it is true and brought to life as a personal account of his entire life in a scrapbook. It records his thoughts with personal mementos and photographs which add to the charm.

Of course it is fiction, to the...
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There is no official evidence that Walter Tull was recommended for the Military Cross, it is the myth of this that many base their theories of prejudice.
Walter Tull was well respected as a footballer and a soldier, this is reflected in the fact that he was commissioned, he moved in circles that the white lower classes could only dream of. He was also not the first...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written for children, great for adults, 17 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Walter Tull's Scrapbook (Hardcover)
This book is brilliant. It tells the tale of a true modern hero: Tull's rise against the odds is a modern morality tale. It sounds like a film script, but it is true and brought to life as a personal account of his entire life in a scrapbook. It records his thoughts with personal mementos and photographs which add to the charm.

Of course it is fiction, to the extent that Walter Tull didn't keep a scrapbook. But his story is true.

The book is written for children but I read it as an adult and enjoyed it. It gave me a real feel for the times, and of Tull the man. This moved it beyond the purely historical for me, so don't be put off if old soldiers or players are not your thing. I also think it would appeal to boys who are reluctant to read books. The combination of football and soldiers makes it attractive from the start, and I love the positive message it gives about a man who overcame disadvantage and racism to rise by his own efforts before his tragic end. Tull's personal example is one we need to spread, and his death among so many other good men on the Western Front is something each new generation needs reminding of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating introduction of the life of Britain’s first black professional footballer and army officer, 18 Oct. 2014
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This 32-page booklet is a fascinating introduction of the life of Walter Tull (1888-1910), Britain’s first black professional footballer and army officer. It is told (for younger readers) in the form of a scrapbook, containing a fictional narrative as if written by Walter, but with authentic period illustrations. His mother came from Folkestone in Kent, and his father from Barbados. Walter was orphaned quite young, signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 1909, becoming Britain’s first professional Black footballer. He joined the Army in 1914 after the outbreak of the First World War, and took part in the famous Christmas Day football match in No Man’s land with the Germans. He became a lance-Sergeant in 1915 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1917, being killed in action in 1918.

The booklet is well-designed, with many short text-pieces and illustrations in each chapter, and is an ideal introductory book for schoolchildren or interested adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom!, 1 Dec. 2013
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Hi I really liked this book! I used it in an ESOL class to highlight historical information regarding slavery and freedom, to which they all drew similarities from their own cultural roots. I feel this text would also be an excellent resource for similar use in any learning establishment. Packaging and delivery were also excellent. Thankyou
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Introduction to Wlter Tull for Children, 26 Mar. 2013
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Bright and colourful, with a good selection of pictures, this book will appeal to both adults and children who want an introduction to this groundbreaking man, who overcame colour prejudice to become one of Britain's first black footballers and military officers. A bit of a gripe is that the author has repeated the mistake from Phil Vassili's book that Walter lived in the Hythe district of Folkestone. Hythe is in fact a separate town from Folkestone some two miles distant. Walter's home at 51 Walton Road (not Walton Street as the author states) is in fact in the Foord area of Folkestone. Perhaps the confusion stems from the fact Folkestone was part of the Hythe Parliamentary constituency. I would have liked to have seen a picture of Walter's bithplace at 8 Allendale Street, Folkestone or 51 Walton Road, or his school (North Board, now Mundella) or the Walter Tull Pavilion that has built in Folkestone. Nevertheless the book comes recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walter Tull's Scrapbook, 5 Sept. 2014
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Excellent summary of his life thank you. J Walker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Nov. 2014
Full of great picture and text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Dec. 2014
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An amazing book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Mar. 2015
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1.0 out of 5 stars Factual?, 24 Feb. 2013
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There is no official evidence that Walter Tull was recommended for the Military Cross, it is the myth of this that many base their theories of prejudice.
Walter Tull was well respected as a footballer and a soldier, this is reflected in the fact that he was commissioned, he moved in circles that the white lower classes could only dream of. He was also not the first black officer in the British Army. Many thousands of officers and men of all races died bravely doing their duty not just Walter Tull.
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