I Heard What You Said

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Publisher's Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award
An Amazon Best Non-Fiction Book of The Year

'Essential reading'
- The Guardian
'Sharp and witty with moments of startling candour' - The i
'Revealing and beautifully written' - David Harewood
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A thought-provoking and fearless exploration of how we can dismantle racism in the classroom and do better by all our students.

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Before Jeffrey Boakye was a black teacher, he was a black student. Which means he has spent a lifetime navigating places of learning that are white by default. Since training to teach, he has often been the only black teacher at school. At times seen as a role model, at others a source of curiosity, Boakye's is a journey of exploration - from the outside looking in.

In the groundbreaking I Heard What You Said, he recounts how it feels to be on the margins of the British education system. As a black, male teacher - an English teacher who has had to teach problematic texts - his very existence is a provocation to the status quo, giving him a unique perspective on the UK's classrooms.

Told through a series of eye-opening encounters based on the often challenging and sometimes outrageous things people have said to him or about him - from 'Can you rap?' and 'Have you been in prison?' to 'Stephen who?' - Boakye reflects with passion and wit on what he has found out about the presumptions, silences and distortions that underpin the experience of black students and teachers.
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'Hugely important' - Baroness Lawrence
'Deeply compelling, intellectually rigorous and essential' - Nels Abbey
'Makes a powerful case' - Rt Hon Lady Hale

About the Publisher

Picador

Picador

Picador publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has established a reputation for literary fiction with a broad commercial appeal, groundbreaking non-fiction, (particularly, reportage, literary biography and memoir) and a formidable poetry list, which has consistently won many of the major prizes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529063752
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
DEWEY: 371.82996041
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: ix, 373
Weight: 272g
Height: 156mm
Width: 222mm
Spine width: 26mm