E.R. Braithwaite was born 1922 in British Guiana and educated in British Guiana and the United States. He served in the R.A.F. His publications include To Sir with Love (1959); Paid Servant: A Report About Welfare Work in London (1962); A Kind of Home-coming: A Visit to Africa (1963); A Choice of Straws (1965).
The book in one sentence: A man who takes up a teaching post and teaches his students about overcoming racial prejudice.
Who would you recommend it to: Someone who is looking for a good old-fashioned feel-good read.
OK bits: I like the inspirational true story of this book.
Boring bits: The beginning was a bit dull, but it picked up when he started teaching his class.
Random review quote:
“A book that the reader devours quickly, ponders slowly, and forgets not at all… Moving and inspiring” – New York Times
Verdict: I did not realise To Sir, With Love is actually a true story, or a book in the first place! I saw the movie a few months ago and I enjoyed it. The book is as good as the movie, though I could have said the book is better if I read it first before watching the movie. A good read nonetheless! Pretty quick too as it’s a slim book.