To Sir With Love

E. R. Braithwaite

Fiction · Great for: Readers interested in learning about prejudices in 1940s England

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In 1945, Rick Braithwaite, a smart, highly educated ex-RAF pilot, looks for a job in British engineering. He is deeply shocked to realise that, as a black man from British Guiana, no one will employ him because of the colour of his skin. In desperation he turns to teaching, taking a job in a tough East End school, and left to govern a class of unruly teenagers. With no experience or guidance, Braithwaite attempts to instil discipline, confound prejudice and ultimately, to teach.

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A captivating read about racism in 1940s London, based on E.R. Brathwaite's own experiences.