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The Good That We Do

John Lucas



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John Lucas' book blends fiction, biography and social history in order to tell the story of his grandfather, Horace Kelly. Headteacher of a succession of elementary schools in impoverished areas of London, 'Hod' Kelly was also a keen cricketer, a devotee of music hall, and included among his friends the great trade union leader Ernest Bevin. In telling the story of his life, Lucas has provided a fascinating range of insights into the lives of ordinary Londoners from the First World War until the outbreak of the Second World War. Threaded throughout is an account of such people's hunger for education, and of the different ways government, church and educational officialdom ministered to that hunger. The Good That We Do is both a study of one man and of a period when England changed, drastically and forever.


About the author:

John Lucas is Professor Emeritus of the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham Trent. He is the author of numerous works of a critical and scholarly nature and has published eight collections of poetry.


214  pages

ISBN: 978-1-871551-54-9

Greenwich Exchange Category: Novels

Series: None



Other books by John Lucas published by Greenwich Exchange:

Portable Property

George Crabbe: A Critical Study

Robert Browning

Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy: Richard II - Henry V

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

The Plotting

Summer Nineteen Forty-Five


Second World War Poetry in English