To Sir, With Love Paperback – 4 Aug 2005
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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)
The inspirational story of one man overcoming prejudice in a tough East End schoolSee all Product Description
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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.
Obviously a sad recount of the prejudices of the era.... but you pleasantly cheer for all involved as they 'triumph over adversity' in more ways than expected.
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A must-see classic about a teacher's success at dealing with an inner city class of 16 year olds.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story and a good motivational read for any aspiring teacher!Published 11 months ago by Dil Sidhu
This was a re-visit for me - read this at school when I was taking my O levels - enjoyed then and enjoyed now, I think I understood the nuances of the book this time through... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jane Melton
I'd had no idea that To Sir, With Love was based on a true story. It's now one of my favourite books. A fascinating account of the way we were not that long ago.Published 20 months ago by GW