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Publisher's Summary

A portrait of one teacher and his class as they journey through the ups and downs of a school year.

Brendan James Murray has been a secondary school teacher for more than 10 years. In that time, he has seen hundreds of kids move through his classes - troubled, brilliant, funny, passionate, struggling: every single one brings unique qualities or circumstances into school with them, every day.

In this astonishing powerful portrait of a single school year, Brendan James Murray shows the ups and downs of school for teachers and students: the dedication of colleagues, the bureaucracy of the curriculum, the passion and fire he tries to light in his students and their responses, hilarious, heartbreaking and true.

A magnificent clarion call for the art of teaching, a must-listen for any parent, The School is a heartfelt, behind-the-scenes picture of modern education and a timeless story of a teacher and their class.

©2021 Brendan James Murray (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Do yourself a favour and read this book

Without a doubt, one my of my favourite books of all time! I never wanted it to end!!! Highly recommend!!!

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It was a fantastic read’!

An inspirational teacher who really cares about the students whatever their circumstances. I am a retired high school teacher, working in the public school system in NSW. His views resonated with me and confirms my views about elitism in our society

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Heartfelt and captivating!

A wonderful rich narrative on the lives of students and the education system eloquently written.

This book surprised me as I followed the daily struggles of these students.

Brendan James Murray is a brilliant Wordsworth.

Highly recommend!

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Great!

As someone in the teaching profession I really enjoyed
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Highly recommend

This was the best audio book I've listened to in a while, absolutely loved it. It really dove into the stories and chatecters of the students as well as their journeys at school, really well written and narrated and hard to stop listening to.

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The way Brendan James Murray blends his own experiences, the experiences of his students and facts about the education system is outstanding. This book will make you laugh, cry and empathise with teachers and learners.

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Wow! Couldn’t put this down.

‘Murray/ Doc’, every child deserves to have someone like you pop up in their lives! Your empathy and understanding of the human psyche surpasses all the pedagogical/academic buzz words thrown at trainee teachers - they should study all that ‘stuff’ but your book should be compulsory reading for at least every special needs and high school teachers in the land! Primary teachers could also learn something from reading it too. Parents should, but many won’t, because they didn’t have a teacher who took into account their family situation & home life & the impact that can have on their education . They were ‘written off’ by the system as not worth the effort because they didn’t have someone like Brendan Murray to take an active interest in them.

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