All teachers , whether involved in special education or “normal” education should read this book.it is an honest , humorous and touching account of a special education teacher’s experiences in Belfast during the troubles in Northern Ireland. It is not, however , another book about the civil strife in Northern Ireland. It is about education in its truest form , set against the background of the troubles and details the efforts of this teacher to instill in his pupils an appreciation of life beyond their immediate environment , weaving in details of his own life and experiences .
For those not involved in education , it is a lesson in how to extract the most out of life , whether through work , or outside of work., written by a writer of tslent, character and promise .
by Kevin Brennan
This book made me laugh, and made me sad too. It's beautifully written, and is hard to put down once started.
Robert exudes care and compassion for his pupils. He obviously enjoyed teaching, and he certainly went above and beyond the call of duty, to enhance the pupils' learning both in and beyond the confines of the classroom.
The characters, and incidents in the book will make many a teacher smile , - and especially those of us who have taught children with special needs, and sometimes, challenging behaviour.
A warm and truthful book; poignant and funny. A terrific debut.
by Pat Bennett