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The Following Game, by Jonathan Smith: Publication on June 9 2011 May 10, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases.
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We are very lucky to be publishing Jonathan Smith’s latest book, The Following Game, which is due for general release on June 9 2011. You can pre-order the book here.

The Following Game is a follow-up to Jonathan’s critically-acclaimed 2000 release The Learning Game, one of the most talked-about books in education at the turn of the century. The Following Game is about Jonathan’s relationship with his son Ed, a promient journalist and former Kent, Middlesex and England cricketer.

Here is what Christopher Reid, winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2009, says about The Following Game:

The Following Game is tremendously good. As with his book on teaching, Jonathan Smith seems to have invented a genre to meet his immediate needs. The result is completely natural: talking voice, spontaneity of exposition, insights and connections popping up as and when they need to, candour, uncompromised expressions of feeling – all that. So it speaks to me – who couldn’t be more indifferent to cricket – with great directness and passion.’

Below you’ll find some of the many excellent reviews of The Learning Game, which remains essential reading for all teachers and which we thoroughly recommend getting your hands on. Copies can be purchased via Amazon.

‘True, wise, morale-boosting’
Peter Conrad, The Observer

‘I enjoyed every word…this is an honest and intelligent book. It is about growing up and growing old and what, in the end, matters most as we try to help the next generation become just that little bit more creative and sensitive, thoughtful and resilient’
Chris Woodhead, The Sunday Telegraph

‘Sane and fascinating…a passionate love letter to the only profession in which “you can try your hand at so many things”‘
Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday

‘The only book on teaching that’s not boring’
Matthew Parris

‘In part it’s the thoughtful autobiographical reflections of a wise and successful teacher. At another level it’s a rather challenging how-to manual for less experienced teachers and for parents…Every jargon-free word that he writes rolls pleasurably round the mouth like good brandy. The prose is marked by a rare and incisive blend of informality and precision’
Susan Elkin, Independent

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