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Reading Lessons

The books we read at school, the conversations they spark and why they matter

«Beautifully written, sensitive and full of warmth. This is a thoughtful book that serves as a vital point of reflection for anyone who has taught, or been taught, English literature within the system. Carol has done the important job of creating space for conversation about what we teach and why we teach it, whilst also offering genuine insights on some of the most pressing issues facing educators today. Teachers will definitely find this book to be equally thought provoking and illuminating. I did.»

Jeffrey Boakye
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Detaljer

Forlag
Fig Tree
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
400
ISBN
9780241629482
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
22 x 14 cm

Om forfatteren

Carol Atherton has taught English since 1996 and is currently Head of English at a secondary school in Lincolnshire. Originally from Merseyside, she read English at Oxford before doing a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD at the University of Nottingham. She is a Fellow of the English Association and a member of the National Association for the Teaching of English. Atherton has written for a range of publications aimed at teachers and students, and she co-authored Teaching English Literature 16–19 (Routledge, 2013). Reading Lessons is her first trade publication.

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«Beautifully written, sensitive and full of warmth. This is a thoughtful book that serves as a vital point of reflection for anyone who has taught, or been taught, English literature within the system. Carol has done the important job of creating space for conversation about what we teach and why we teach it, whilst also offering genuine insights on some of the most pressing issues facing educators today. Teachers will definitely find this book to be equally thought provoking and illuminating. I did.»

Jeffrey Boakye

«Reading Lessons is many books in one: a fresh and frank memoir of almost three decades as a secondary school English teacher, a love letter to literature itself, and a compelling argument for why young people continue to need novels, poems and plays as the raw materials from which they can mould themselves and their wider understanding of the world. At a time when English is under attack as an academic subject, Carol Atherton’s powerful defence of it reminds us what we are in danger of losing

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author of The Turning Point

«Generous, humane and constantly surprising. An urgent defence of the power of literature to create empathetic, interrogative citizens»

Emma Smith, author of Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers

«'Essential ... At a time when the importance of the arts in education is being eroded, Reading Lessons makes a powerful case for the study of literature. If you are in the job you are in because you loved literature at school - or even if you didn't love it so much - this book is for you'»

Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

«This exhilarating report from the educational frontline shows how literature can excite – but also perplex – young readers. Indeed, it shows how the excitement and the perplexity often belong together»

John Mullan, author of The Artful Dickens

«Atherton must be an inspiring teacher if her marvellous book is anything to go by ... A profound and empathetic guide to the literature studied in our classrooms, full of shrewd asides from a sensitive reader ... Highly entertaining .. An engrossing book and a testament to a life well lived»

The Independent, Books of the Month

«'She demonstrates how a generous and attentive teacher is able to wrestle meaning and relevance ... Nothing is more valuable than teaching a subject that encourages young minds to push beyond the confines created by the algorithms of social media, which is where her pupils live when they are not underlining bits of text in coloured Biro. Unlike any Stem subject, “doing English” requires young readers to enter imaginatively into the lives of others. And that, for “Miss”, remains the greatest transferable skill of all.»

Guardian, Book of the Day

«Passionate readers love books like this one ... Reading Lessons is original and clever and at times very moving ... You want to force this book on [...] the educational experts and politicians who are so sure they know how schools should operate. If your children are studying English literature, they should read this. But if you love books, you will want to read it yourself.»

The i

«A magnificent rethinking of the books, plays and poems so many of us encountered at school and their impact on our lives ... Completely accessible, immensely interesting and thoroughly engaging ... Reading Lessons is enlightening, moving and surprisingly emotional. Filled with humanity and love, this book speaks to the very heart of who we are»

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