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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446650200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446650202
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,848,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Children of the Resolution is full of optimism, fight, courage, humour and emotion."
-- Lord Willis of Knaresborough.

"Children of the Resolution is full of optimism, fight, courage, humour and emotion." -- Lord Willis of Knaresborough.

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"Children of the Resolution is more than a novel, it is a commentary on the work of educationalists, practitioners and politicians who see education through their own eyes and experiences and not those of the real participants, our young people." Lord Willis of Knaresborough.

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Gary William Murning has said on several blog interviews that Children of the Resolution is his most autobiographical piece so far. The main character is Carl Grantham, he is in hospital recovering from a serious bout of pneumonia. We hear about his past though interviews he gives to a student writing their dissertation on educational reform. Carl has a very particular view on this subject, being born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy has meant that he was often a guinea pig as a child as the establishment tried out different methods of education.
Carl begins his story by describing his time at Sunnyvale and his subsequent move to The Resolution which was classed at the time as an integrated establishment. These recollections are so interesting as they focus on so many different aspects of growing up. Carl was a child and an awkward teenager just like those without his condition, he had to deal with girls and the school bully. Alongside that, Carl had problems such as finding a desk that was comfortable for him to work on, something that should have had a simple solution but instead caused him no end of problems.
I think that Gary William Murning has written a very interesting and important book. Carl does not behave like a victim; he is simply describing how it was. Children of the Resolution is not out to get anyone but is simply showing what they tried to do within the education system and what worked as well as what went wrong.
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I've had the pleasure over the last week to devour a new novel from British writer, Gary William Murning. Murning is the author of If I Never, a fine book, a thriller, I read last year. The new offering is essentially a fictionalized memoir titled Children of the Resolution. To say the least, Murning has upped his already fine game in his second major work of fiction. He did it by reaching into his past -- and his heart. The only thing I don't like about this book is the cover art.

Children of the Resolution is a dark and moving coming-of-age story, the journey of a clever disabled boy, Carl Grantham. The setting is the late 1970's and early 1980's, a time when there was apparently a "resolution" to be more inclusive of the handicap in Great Britain. Part of what makes this story so relevant, right now, is the current effort of the coalition government to sell UK citizens the "Big Society". It's not hard to imagine after reading Children how the impact of that policy will go awry. This book is about how the disabled were (and are) treated, from an insiders perspective. It's not encouraging how good intentions go wrong.

But back to the story, Carl, is disabled, wheel chair bound, but that's really only the beginning of the character. Carl's an avid and thoughtful reader, he listens to Elvis, he can cuss a blue streak, he's willful, sometimes cutting and judgmental, and, he has heart. One of the values of this book is that it humanizes the disabled in an unsentimental way, removing the barrier of their difference, and letting us see them as simply people. People like Carl's mate, Johnny, another disabled boy. Here the portrait painted is Goya-esque; twisted, beautiful, dark, sad, heart-rending, courageous, funny, and unforgettable.
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I read the first book ("If I Never") released by Gary William Murning last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it, from cover to cover. His second release was, therefore, eagerly awaited and I was not disappointed when I read it. "Children of the Resolution" is a very different type of book from "If I Never". It has a much slower and gentler pace but it is no less absorbing. Gary has a style which makes for easy and enjoyable reading whilst dealing with some important issues. He has a "wicked" sense of humour which pervades his writing. The two books released so far, demonstrate his writing versatility and I look forward hopefully to reading many more in the future. I would recommend "Children of the Resolution" (and "If I Never") without hesitation.
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Because of its semi-autobiographical nature this must have been an incredibly difficult novel to write. That it is such an upbeat and inspiring read, with so much for the reader to indentify with, really is some achievement for the author. This is particularly true when you consider the nature of some of the issues it raises.

I found the main character Carl and his supporting cast of friends to be very believable and engaging; you do have to turn just that one extra page to see what happens next. I'm certainly looking forward to more from Gary Murning, whose writing is diverse, entertaining and thought provoking.
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I was in an odd position for this one - the first time I've ever read a book on the reccomendation of the author! I have to confess to being very well prepared to have to smile politley but I absolutley loved it. I found it interesting from many standpoints. I studied inclusion and education, so from an academic perspective it was interesting to me. Secondly, it was interesting as a human story - I really cared about the characters and what they were going through, exclusive of the setting. Childhood friendships were painted so vividly and beautifully that I was touched. It was also enjoyable from a storytelling standpoint,as the structure of the book was interesting enough to hold the attention of a jaded reader like me. Good stuff.
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