One evening in the long hot summer of 1959, Alfred Gardner was walking home along Commercial Road. Start by marking An East End Story as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.
I was especially interested, because I'd read, but been puzzled by details of, Ricardo Braithwaite's 'To Sir with Love,' and hoped for detailed information, since Alfred Gardner's recollections were mentioned in an essay on that book. It's a decent enough 'train book,' but it reads rather like a blog - no real writing style. The single chapter about To Sir, With Love somehow didn't surprise me - though the other book is well written (which this one is not), every page gave me the feeling of a superior sneer on Braithwaite's part
Recently Fonthill Media have republished Alfred Gardner’s book An East End Story, this tale of friendship in the 1950s and 60s East End recalls some of the characters and places of the time. I was not so much gripped by A Tale of Friendship - an East End Story by Alfred Gardner as gently and consistently engaged
The book begins in May, with the main character, as he starts teaching at a tough East End school (Greenslade School, called North Quay in the film).
The book To Sir, With Love (1959) was based on his experiences there. His version of events at the school is contested by a former pupil, in Alfred Gardner's autobiography An East End Story (Gardner, London 2002). While writing his book about the school, Braithwaite turned to social work and it became his job to find foster homes for non-white children for the London County Council. His harrowing experiences resulted in his second novel Paid Servant (1962)
One former student, Alfred Gardner, alleged that Braithwaite himself sanitized his life. In the self-published memoir "An East End Story," Gardner described Braithwaite as a cold and rigid man who "struck fear into us by favouring corporal punishment. Edward Ricardo Braithwaite was born in what was then British Guiana in 1912, the son of Oxford graduates who grew up in relatively affluent surroundings, and by the late 1930s was attending graduate school at Cambridge University. A London couple who had taken him in as a surrogate son urged him to write a book. Reluctant at first, he quickly completed a manuscript, writing on a collapsible bridge table under an apple tree. For the title, he remembered a package of monogrammed cigarettes his students had given him.
The text says "Braithwaite's version of events was challenged in An East End Story (2002), an autobiography written by Alfred Gardner, a former pupil. but the book was not published till 2013 and the synopsis says nothing of this . 6. 245 (talk) 12:34, 1 June 2015 (UTC). php?title Talk:To Sir, With Love (novel)&oldid 665011802".
To Sir, With Love is a 1959 autobiographical novel by E. R. Braithwaite set in the East End of London. The novel is based on true events concerned with Braithwaite taking up a teaching post in a school there. In 1967, the novel was made into a film, To Sir, with Love, starring Sidney Poitier and Lulu, and the film's title song became a number-1 hit that year. Braithwaite's version of events was challenged in An East End Story (2002), an autobiography written by Alfred Gardner, a former pupil.
The book "To Sir, With Love" (1959) was based on his experiences there. His version of events at the school is contested by a former pupil, in Alfred Gardner's autobiography "An East End Story" (Gardner, London 2002). His harrowing experiences resulted in his second novel "Paid Servant" (1962).
When Chris Gardner and his young son were sleeping rough on the floor of a public toilet, he could never have dreamt that his life story would be turned into a hit Hollywood movie. It was back in the early 1980s that Mr Gardner, then aged 27, and his toddler son were homeless for a year in San Francisco. Enrolled on a low-paid trainee scheme at a stock brokerage, he didn't have enough money to raise the deposit to rent an apartment. Hollywood comes calling.