She had been a primary school teacher for thirty-nine years. So much talking. Parents and pupils always wanting something. Now it was her time to sit and read.
Tuesday, 13 September 2022
I send you greetings from America - faithless friend that she is, pouring millions into rebuilding Japan and Germany while letting England starve. Some day, God willing, I'll get over there and apologize personally for my country's sins (and by the time I come home my country will certainly have to apologize for mine).
Friday, 9 September 2022
I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
When the gods look down and fuck up your world, when the map you have laid out for your life has been ripped out of your hands, you are left somehow impotent and abandoned. And with the knowledge that the nature of your mortality is not a given. That life is a processor cause and effect, and however much you might side-step the cracks, stay away from the edge, keep on walking past the open windows, no one can prepare you for the utter shock of the backflip, the left-field pitch, the curveball, that knocks all that you are, all that you have known, for shit. If it's coming for you, it's coming for you. No point trying to hide from it.
Here is my recommendation for our eighth book of the year: This is not a Pity Memoir by Abi Morgan. Recently published, this is a book based on a true story. It is living proof of how resilient people can be in the face of adversity. Here is the worksheet.
Wednesday, 27 July 2022
I held out the packet and suddenly we were friends. That's one of the only good things about being a smoker these days. You're part of a persecuted minority. You bond easily.
Here is my recommendation for our seventh book of the year. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a book within a book. It is not only about murder, but also a writer's ego and the stigma the mystery genre has endured from readers and writers alike. Here is the worksheet.
Saturday, 2 July 2022
No one can be independent of other people completely, so why not give up the attempt, she thought, go running in the other direction, depend on people for everything, allow them to depend on you, why not.
Here is my recommendation for our sixth book of the year. Let's read Normal People by Sally Rooney. Although the settings are quite different, the book, like the previous one, deals with the dynamics between men and women and the patterns of behaviour that happen between people in the way they relate, interact and communicate with each other. Here is the worksheet.
Friday, 10 June 2022
This she might not attempt. It was unladylike. Why? Why were most big things unladylike? Charlotte had once explained to her why. It was not that ladies were inferior to men; it was that they were different. Their mission was to inspire others to achievement rather than to achieve themselves. Indirectly, by means of tact and a spotless name, a lady could accomplish much. But if she rushed into the fray herself she would be first censured, then despised, and finally ignored. Poems had been written to illustrate this point.
Good luck with our fifth book of the year, A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, a classic. It reflects the author's witty and keen insight into social class, values and morality. Here is the worksheet.
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Monday, 16 May 2022
Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practise swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends. (Darell Hammond)
Sunday, 15 May 2022
The summer night is like a perfection of thought . (Wallace Stevens).