Back to reading!

As some of you know, some time ago I had to take a break in writing about ‘A Long, Long Way’ for this study blog. I began writing on the novel here when my wife Stacie, suffering from leukemia as she had been for some years, became seriously ill. With the unstinting support of my wonderful school, Southfields Academy, I was given the time off to care for her– and writing about this A-level text was one means of staying connected with my students at my school. Sadly, Stacie died in April of last year. She was and remains a constant inspiration to me. However, the period after her death was not conducive to writing and my focus has been getting back to being a regular teacher again.

Now I’m settled back in, I’m hoping to update what I can, when I can. I’m going to start by posting chapter summaries to help students revise the novel for the summer exams: as and when I can, I’ll add my own reflections and study notes for you. I hope you’ll be patient– and in the meantime I’ll add such notes as I add will help you come exam-time. All the best!

 

3 thoughts on “Back to reading!”

  1. Hi Sir, I am one of your ex A Level students and I have just received the notification from thus blog. I cannot believe what I have just read, and as this seems to be the only way I can communicate with you, I thought I would write here. I’m so sorry to hear that your wife has passed away! I really miss Southfields and all my teachers who taught me a lot, more than what I could ever expect. I remember the day you created this blog for the first time, as we were the first ones to experience it and you did it for our benefit – which we did. I hope you remember me too! Now, I have finished my LLB Law degree and Masters (LPC) in Law. I am now in a training stage to qualify as a solicitor – hopefully in 2 years time. You were one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and with all your support and care, I have achieved all these qualifications. I wish you all the best! Once again, I am sorry to hear about all this.

  2. Of course I remember you Birgul! I remember very well advising you on your excellent Return of the Soldier creative writing… and of course you and Aakanksha running around, thick as thieves. Fantastic news that you are doing so very well! Thank you for your touching thoughts. All the best.

  3. My heartfelt condolences for your loss.

    On 30 January 2018 at 09:07, Move Him Into The Sun wrote:

    > G. M. Griffiths posted: “As some of you know, some time ago I had to take > a break in writing about ‘A Long, Long Way’ for this study blog. I began > writing on the novel here when my wife Stacie, suffering from leukemia as > she had been for some years, became seriously ill. With the” >

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