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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I’ve heard of but never seen the film. Thank goodness I didn’t bother but went straight for the book. What an amazing piece of literature. The performance by Ben Onwukwe is flawless. All the characters are rich and the story itself, hard to accept as a reality in 20th century England, is sad, outrageous, funny, sensitive, shocking and heart warming all at once. I’m an English teacher and I will recommend this to every student I can persuade to read (they’re reluctant readers these days). This should be on everyone’s reading bucket list.
What other book might you compare To Sir, with Love to, and why?
I would categorise this book with The Help, Anita and Me, Brick Lane, The Colour Purple and Hidden Figures, all of which are brilliant and tackle bigotry and the perspective of the marginalised and persecuted. Braithwaite is not self pitying, he is dignified, intelligent, engaging and irresistible.
Have you listened to any of Ben Onwukwe’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven’t listened to Ben Onwukwe before. I have listened to more than 200 audio books though and I would rate Onwukwe among the top five performers, his mastery of character and accent is incredible.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A film wouldn’t, and apparently didn’t, do it justice.
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