Girls Will Be Grils

Bryn Purdy

Some reviews


Some responses from professionals to this recently-published book:

This book is different . . . humorous and overflowing with humanity and compassion. On one level the book is seductively readable with little vignettes, each a short story in its own right, so vivid and moving. But at another level... is the concern/or a social system which allows such stressed young people to reach teenage with so little help and support. A thought-provoking and memorable read.
Brian Smith, College Lecturer

His style of writing is anecdotal - one could almost say lyrical. I was most moved by 'De Profundis', which relates the suffering of an 8-year-old child to the personal sufferings of Edward Elgar, as expressed in his first symphony.
Daniel Joseph, Pastoral Care Teacher

The author has a flair for writing in a style which seems to me to be a unique combination of humour and seriousness. This allows his perceptive comments on deep personal feelings to be described in down-to-earth language. In other words, it is at once complex and readable, unlike many tomes dealing with emotional disturbance.
I was particularly struck by the account of Kit and her social worker in 'Protecting One's Image', letting the young social worker have a little taste of job satisfaction in preparation for the thankless years to come. I was almost moved to tears by the description of Lindy's gentle handling in 'Trouble up at t'Mill'.

Dr. Arthur Blair, Educational Psychologist

. . . interesting, stimulating, inspiring ... So very different from trying to 'plough' through some of the psychological or therapeutic books written on the subject of disturbed children.
Amanda Hart, teacher of behaviourally disordered children.

'Girls will be Grils' is a humorous and touching account of the trials and tribulations of running a school for disturbed youngsters. Some of the girls in this book are priceless treasures that anyone would wish to meet. The truth is that we probably have met them when they were sullen, surly, switched-off youngsters whom we wished out of our hair!
Just occasionally you come across a book that picks you up and puts you down somewhere else this book did that for me. Bryn Purdy's knack of answering unanswerable questions with anecdotes makes it highly readable. Any book that mentions W. G. Grace, Shelley, Harold Wilson, A. S. Neill and the author's early experience as a hotel 'plongeur' in the course of three pages or so has got to be good for jaded educationalists!

Ian Lambert, Educational Welfare Officer.

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