Girls Will Be Grils
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.
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.
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.
. . . 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.
'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!
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