28 Jan 2008 – Kidney Research

By the author of To Sir With Love, this follows Braithwaite into his career in Welfare Services. Although he has no formal training, he is thrown in at the deep end and asked to sort out some of the long-term cases of children needing adopting, most of whom are mixed race. As usual, he is forthright, opinionated, angry and caring. There’s a very interesting thread on “Your People” through the book, which he finds ranges from the black community as a whole (black being used to denote non-white) to people who work for social services. A lovely, compassionate and passionate book. I hope some of the reactions he finds are now outdated (I don’t think I’m visibly shocked if I open the door to find someone of a different race from mine), but the feelings, care and passion he puts forward certainly are not.