World Book Day 2012: Celebrations in School, part 3

Mrs Tomlin, Mrs Murphy and Mr Stewart are our next contributors.  Teaching English, History and Classical Civilisation respectively, they all have fascinating things to say.

Mrs Tomlin says:

“Due to my babies, I find it hard to find time to read. I shared how it has taken me about 4 months to read the first 50 pages of  The Slap [by Christos Tsiolkas] and have made a list of character on the notes page of my iPhone as I keep forgetting who everyone is. I then talked about the texts that I have that I pick up and read when I have a spare 5 minutes – Total Film magazine and a book entitled: It’s Twins: Parent to Parent Advice Through Infancy to Adolescence [by Susan Heim] to try and show that you can have non-fiction on the go and can pick relevant bits that interest you and don’t have to read it cover to cover.”  Thank you, Mrs Tomlin, for some useful advice about reading non-fiction in this way, it often helps when studying to remember this…

Following Mrs Tomlin, Mrs Murphy contacted me:

“I read an extract from The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey to three of my classes today. It’s a true story by a man who was a British prisoner of war in WWII and was stationed at a prisoner of war camp next door to Auschwitz. He worked alongside some of the prisoners from Auschwitz and made friends with one of them and concocted a plan to swap places with him. I read an extract which gave his reasons for doing this incredibly brave and dangerous thing.

The classes I read it to were so interested- my Year 8s and 9s didn’t know much about the holocaust yet and so were full of questions afterwards. My Year 10s who have learnt about the holocaust were more full of questions about the man and his experiences and I think some of them even took the name of the book down!”

Finally, for part 3, Mr Stewart wrote:

“I shared one of my favourite books with my Year 10 Classical Civilisation class at Kings today – Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day by Philip Matysak. It is a witty and ingenious guide for a tourist travelling back in time to ancient Athens. If you would like to jump into a time machine and travel back in time to  Athens 2500 years ago, then this is the book for you. You can find out  what to see, where to eat and  what to avoid.

I read a poem from the book about the consequences of drinking too much at a symposium – with general hilarity.”  I think we should purchase this one for the library…


Christmas Reading

We asked our facebook and twitter friends what they’d been reading over the Christmas and New Year breaks and had a very good response!  We told them that we wanted to feature their replies in our blog so here goes…

‘I read an amazing book called Tony and Susan [by Austin Wright] – never seen the act of reading so well described in a novel before’

Fire and Ice by D Stabenow. Also two non-fiction reads – Just My Type [Simon Garfield] and Digital Library Survival Guide [Joseph R Matthews]. Wants to start Wolf Hall [Hilary Mantel] but daunted by length’

State of Wonder by the remarkable author Anne Patchett’

‘PG Wodehouse Code of the Woosters  –  reading out loud to my chap’

‘depressed myself with Of Human Bondage [W. Somerset Maugham] and Love and Mr Lewisham [H G Wells]’

‘Tried to read Tess of the D’Urbervilles [Thomas Hardy] but am struggling…. Haven’t read any classics for a while and reverted to a contemporary novel after about 50 pages.’

‘Caitlin Moran’s ‘How To Be A Woman’. I highly recommend it – very funny and insightful.’

‘I am now reading (and enjoying!) Everything and Nothing by Araminta Hall :o)’

‘I have just started reading “The Help” that I bought my Mum for Christmas only to find she had already read it, so I gave it to myself instead :)’

‘One of the James Herriot books – I think it wasVet in Harness. I’d forgotten how much I love those books!!’

‘Got started on Middlemarch. [George Eliot] Probably won’t finish til sometime after the middle of March.’

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks and a Lenin: A Biography by Robert Service’

‘Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy by John le Carre. And now The Honourable School Boy. Am working my way through his back catalogue. I too recommend A Week in December and How to be a Woman. ‘

‘Hi, reading “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks for school book club reasons. It looked terrible, it is terrible. The only upside is that I’m feeling rough but it is so trite I can still read it with half a brain!’

‘Started Ashes to Ashes by Marcus Berkmann over the holiday, a book about cricket’

‘I’ve been given The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes’

‘Great Expectations. I’m halfway through and have to finish it before I can watch the TV version that was on over Christmas!’

May I have your attention, please? James Corden’s autobiography.’

The man who broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey.’

‘Cracker jokes, “batteries not included”, Parcel tags. [I’m] well read, me!’

‘Using my E Reader in bed….under the covers with the light on it….while my dear husband SNORED for England…..I finished Just Boris: The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity [Sonia Purnell]. Frozen Planet [Alastair Fothergill and Vanessa Berlowitz], coffee table edition, no e reader could do this justice, (I am half way through that). Along with a Boston tourist guide book!’

‘Steve Jobs biography’ [Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson]