Sarah Cox

Pew Catherine Lacey Granta £12.99

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Pew spans a week in a small town in the Southern States of America. A young person is found during the Sunday morning service sleeping on a family pew. Visitors to the town are rare, so the family take this one into their home. The stranger is an enigma, remaining mute, speech and memory almost erased by a past trauma. Hilda, the mother, is determined to fit the stranger into accepted categories, but her insistent questioning gets no response, so the Reverend is invited for dinner.

56 Up

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In 1964 Granada TV took the Jesuit maxim "Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man" as inspiration for a series which documented the lives of 14 seven year olds every seven years. Now they are 56.

When it was first broadcast, Seven Up! shocked many with its emphasis on class - but that is what made it such compelling viewing. For me, this first programme remains the most powerful - at the time, I had been teaching seven year olds in an east London primary school.

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