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Born on the Wrong Side Paperback – 2 Jun 2006
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"It is what Cec Thompson has done with his life overall that is so moving." --"The Times"
About the Author
Cec Thompson was born in Durham, northern England, to a white mother and black father. He spent much of his adolescence in orphanages, homes and dead-end jobs before he discovered and excelled at rugby league and became a teacher of exceptional talent. He is now retired from his very successful business life and spends much of his time travelling with his wife Anne.
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Cec was my Economics Teacher and I also played Rugby for short while until I dislocated my shoulder. I was aware of the sporting hero who was my teacher and coach for whom I had great respect and admiration, but having just finished the book I am in awe of his sheer determination and relentless struggle to achieve his goals.
The drive shown by Cec Thompson to better himself and provide a better life with support from his wife is amazing and an example to us all that if you have the determination you can achieve your goals. The book also to a certain degree highlights Cec's insecurities re his skin colour and his lack of initial education - a slight inbuilt inferiority complex comes across when in fact he has nothing to be concerned about.
At school we knew he played for GB re rugby but not to the extent that this book reveals and only by reading the book do you realise that the teaching era of his life was really at the end of his remarkable life and career. Building up his window cleaning business (twice) was a remarkable event and this financed his pursuit of academic qualifications.
Throughout the book there is a suggestion of vunerability of Cec and insecuritiy re background and upbringing but in reality Cec did not need to strive to be accepted by any class society and should not have had anything to prove..be who you are.
A truly special life is highlighted in the book especially the childhood and the orphanage and meeting his family.
Read the book its a superb insight of what people can achieve - a pleasure to have been taught by this man - Dale Savidge