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Description - Black Teacher: 'A Hugely Important Memoir' (Bernardine Evaristo) by Beryl Gilroy

'Fresh and vital ... Full of wit, perceptiveness, humour and compassion ... A remarkable pioneer ... A hugely important memoir from the rare perspective of a black woman transported to the colonial motherland.' - Bernardine Evaristo

Working in an office amidst the East End's bombsites. Serving as a lady's maid to an Empire-loving aristocrat. Being repeatedly denied jobs due to the colour bar. Marrying an English man and raising two mixed-race children in suburbia. Becoming one of the first Black headteachers in Britain.

Beryl Gilroy's new life wasn't what she had expected. In 1952, she moved from Guyana to London to pursue her dream of teaching, only to experience Britain's racist post-war society. After finally securing a teaching post, she faced fear and curiosity from her pupils, bigoted abuse from parents, and semi-segregation among staff. But over the course of her trailblazing career, Gilroy only grew braver, learning the value of education in combating prejudice and rising to become a pioneering headmistress.

One of the only books ever published by a Caribbean woman in twentieth-century Britain, Gilroy's 1976 memoir is a lost classic. As vivid, entertaining, and unflinching today as it was almost fifty years ago, Black Teacher is a testament to how one woman's dignity, humour, and spirit transcended her era. Introduced by Bernardine Evaristo, it will inspire a new generation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571367733
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 135mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2021
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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