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!