A LIGHTHEARTED LOOK AT
“THE BEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES”
How did this book come about? Well, I was
toying with a breadstick and wondering how a
restaurant could charge £12.95 for an admittedly
fresh piece of dough, coated in tomato puree and
topped by some parmesan cheese and a few
rocket leaves, when the publisher said,
been having great interest in our new series
‘When Things (Motoring and Holidays are two
bestsellers)Were Fun’. A little retro – warm and
funny, reminding people of times gone by, tho’ not
so long ago.”
I said, “We could do ‘When Life was Fun’ – mind
you, it might end about 1700.”
“I was thinking about Schooldays,” he laughed,
calling for the bill. “Could you do that?”
“Oh yes,” I said. “Oh, yes, indeed.”
And so here it is. A wry and sideways look at
what makes us look back with fondness on days
which so often were full of dread, perhaps a little
loathing and – maths. Tongue-in-cheek (but with
some serious asides too), this book – along with
its wonderful photographs – reminds us of The
Best Days of our Lives.
Facing the School Day • We Are All Good
at Something • Remembering our Teachers •
All Change! The 20th Century • What is That?
(School Food) • School Life • Schooldays in
the Arts • Schoolday Memories
Stephen Browning was educated in
Norfolk before gaining an honours
degree in History from the University
of Kent at Canterbury. After
training as a teacher at the University
of Birmingham School of Education,
he spent much of his working life
promoting teacher exchanges
between the United Kingdom and the
overseas Commonwealth. He also
worked for the Council for Education
in the Commonwealth, a body that
operates within the two chambers of
the British government – the Lords
and the Commons.
He has written
extensively about best practice in
education both in the UK and the 50-
plus countries of the Commonwealth.
He has written, or contributed to, a
number of books about the English
Language, mainly for the Asian market.
Stephen is also author of Norwich in
the Halsgrove Discover series and coauthor,
with photographer Daniel Tink,
of Spirit of Norwich Cathedral
published under Halsgrove's PiXZ Books imprint.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 035 0, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2010.