Being neither visually impaired nor from Preston, when I came across this book I presumed I wouldn’t give it more than a perfunctory glance. So it is a credit to its author that I read it from beginning to end without stopping. I liked the way he demonstrated the passage of time through the external events we are all familiar with. And he portrayed this pioneer school so well that I even found myself, an outsider, saddened at its eventual closure. Back in those harsh days, when corporal punishment was deemed necessary in most schools for even trivial offences, I personally think that segregation might really have been the better option for a differently-abled child. We are so lucky that times have changed. But what the author also makes clear, and this hasn’t changed, is that special friends and dedicated teachers are what make everyone’s schooldays memorable.
by Margaret Courtney
From Castleford, West Yorkshire, a coal miner's son. Educated at a special boarding school for partially sighted children. Always had a keen interest in social history I was taught research techniques while taking my Certificate in Education at Leeds University, I currently work in Cloud based technology at Leeds City College.