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Death of a Nightingale with Ispy

4.83 of 5 stars 4.83  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A Play in a Book

For theatre lovers, a real life drama, and a drama from real life. Tracy, a pupil with cystic fibrosis, tells the story of her school as it faces the bulldozer. Why does Margaret Williamson, its head teacher, attempt to take her own life? Can her love with John Errington, the English teacher, survive? Act 2 Scene 5 The Gift of Love.

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Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 20th 2013 by Createspace (first published January 9th 2008)
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Why you shouldn't miss Death of a Nightingale

Former chair of governors of a special school turns whistleblower in a defiant play about the destruction of a safe heaven and political pressure in schools.

In his younger days, the writer Alan Share was immersed in politics. Today, as a sharp-eyed observer of the political scene, he gives us access behind the close doors of decision-making in a play against the idea of school inclusion, setting out to reveal that this is achieved at the expense of th
Miriam Margolyes
If you care about education, about the way our nation treats its young, you should read DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE.Alan Share writes with passion & knowledge; it’s not a cosy story, it’s based on a real case of bureaucratic blindness in the North-East. I found it moving & enlightening. Miriam Margolyes
Alan Share
Oct 11, 2013 Alan Share rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Death of a Nightingale 11 Oct 2013
By Adele C

I also saw a performance of Death of a Nightingale at the New End Theatre in London. A great play. I can still remember one moment. Max Lewis, a boy with Downs in the role of Terry, telling the Caribbean music teacher that her views on God were "Bonkers". Emma, "Caribbean sunshine", didn't let him get away with it. God existed if you believe, did not exist if you didn't . She did.

The Book, like the play, made me think where Tracy would find a school

Lionel Burnley
I was extremely impressed. I am not an educator but I am interested in the subject of special needs and all it's implications for parents , teachers and the child. All this is well presented by alan's book/play
I saw the play when it wsa showing in the theatre in London.
I had read the book /play prior to seeing the most wonderful production of it
I have since read it again. The latest edition is a masterpiece in my eyes
a must-read for teachers and especially those involved in special needs
The sto
Charlotte Levinson
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Sep 06, 2013
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Apr 10, 2013 Alan Share rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Educated at Bede Grammar School, Sunderland and at Merton College, Oxford, after which he qualified as a barrister. Then a full, varied and interesting career before he retired, journeying from law to politics, and then to running a successful retailing company. He describes himself as a hybrid.


For over 17 years a governor of a special school in

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