First published in 1976, Gilroy's powerful and invigorating memoir details not only the author's rise to become one of Britain's first Black headteachers but also brings to life the challenges that the Windrush generation faced - as well as the focus and ambition that ensured success against the odds.
The rediscovered classic: an unforgettable memoir by a trailblazing Guyanese woman in post-war London, introduced by Bernardine Evaristo.
Being denied teaching jobs due to the colour bar. Working in an office amidst the East End's bombsites. Serving as a lady's maid to an Empire-loving aristocrat. Raising two children in suburbia. Becoming one of the first black headteachers in Britain.
In 1952, Beryl Gilroy moved from British Guiana to London. Her new life wasn't what she had expected - but her belief in the power of education resulted in a revolutionary career. Black Teacher, her memoir, is a rediscovered classic: not only a rare first-hand insight into the Windrush generation, but a testament to how one woman's dignity, ambition and spirit transcended her era.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 398 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 20 mm
'Full of wit, perceptiveness, humour and compassion ... A hugely important memoir from the rare perspective of a black woman transported to the colonial motherland.' - Bernardine Evaristo
'A must-read. Her life makes you laugh. Her life makes you cry. Get to know her.' - Benjamin Zephaniah
'A superb but shocking memoir ... Imaginative, resilient and inspiring.' - Jacqueline Wilson
'Gilroy blazed a path that empowered generations of Black British educators.' - Steve McQueen
'This empowering tale of courage, resistance, and triumph is a breath of fresh air.' - David Lammy
'Important, enlightening and very entertaining, full of real-life drama ... Inspirational.' - Diana Evans
'Written with a novelist's ear and sense of atmosphere ... A vital and unique testament.' - Paul Mendez
'A pioneer in many fields and wonderful example for all of us ... Essential reading.' - Alex Wheatle
'A beautiful memoir of one woman's strength and dignity against the odds.' - Christie Watson
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