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'Twenty-five years a teacher. I could have committed a double murder and been out by now.’

Ever wondered what life is really like for today’s teachers? Reasoning that it’s either laugh or cry, this author does both while intoning a mantra of ‘July, July, July’ and praying for a minor heart attack in return for a foot in the door to early retirement. From fending off inspectors to dealing with the alarming rise in mental health issues and increasing alienation of young people, it’s fair to say the job has never been more difficult.

Written by an anonymous author working in a state secondary school, this uproariously funny, desperately necessary book takes us inside the classroom to see morale at rock-bottom and a system on its knees. Hilarious, heartbreaking and impassioned, Class War is about the importance of good schools and talented teachers at a time when they have never been more essential. Painting a heartfelt portrait of the profession and an education system where no one should be left behind but too many are, this book reveals there is laughter to be found even as a river of effluent is sluicing down the pipe.


“Funny, infuriating, joyous and heartbreaking – the day-to-day life of a school teacher brilliantly captured by someone who cares.”

Roddy Doyle

"In among the snarls and bites and cutting humour there is clear compassion for his pupils, and a deft polemic against an education system unfit for its purpose."

Julia Bueno, TLS

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  • ISBN: 9781785906879
  • 15 June 2021
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