Last night I watched "Merlin" which I think was based on the novel by T H White, "The Once and Future King" It was a novel I very much enjoyed for all sorts of reasons. When I was a lad 65 yrs ago I read "Beltain the Smith" by Jeffery Farnol, "Ivanhoe" "Masterman Ready" "Coral Island" and many more lads adventure stories.More recently 30-40 yrs ago "Jonathon Livingston Seagull"plus many many more. What books have influenced you?? Regards Noels
I had a mother who had been a teacher and loved the literature of our land. Alas for shame, I failed School Cert. Eng. Lit.
I lapped up most of the Biggles novels before 1940 and pestered for Christmas/birthday presents the "Aircraft of the fighting powers" series, because I could copy from the 1/72nd scale plans and make solid models of all the aircraft seen around the midlands in the early part of the war.
The English master was a has-been of the "Open your books" variety, dragged back into teaching under wartime necessity. The set books for the School Cert exam were Memoirs of a fox hunting man by Sigfried Sassoon and Palgrave's Golden Treasury. Macbeth was also there and I found it much easier to cope with that. (Real drama.)
Only years later did I begin to appreciate all sorts of poetry and Shakespeare. Writers like Dickens in particular are icons from the past, and really should not have been forced on children as though they were the be-all and end-all. Ultimately the enjoyment and success of the pupil depends on the quality of the teacher who has a heavy responsibility to fire up the pupil's interest and show the treasures to be discovered for themselves.
As a city boy I was given Arthue Ransomes books. They set me free and later in life when I had a family I built my own "Mirror Dinghy" and sailed it all over the place. To this day my chilren now 45+yr olds with their own children regard this as a inspirational part of their lives. All down to Arthur Ransome. Regards Noels