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Gilmour D, Waters R. The Wall

“The Wall is a concept album and explores themes of abandonment and personal isolation. The album is a rock opera that follows Pink, a character whom Waters modelled after himself and the band‘s original leader, Syd Barrett. Pink’s life begins with the loss of his father during the Second World War and continues with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the breakdown of his marriage; all contribute to his eventual self-imposed isolation from society, represented by a metaphorical wall. Waters conceived the album during Pink Floyd’s 1977 In the Flesh Tour, when his frustration with the audience became so acute that he imagined a wall between the audience and the stage.”

Plenty of different tracks to enjoy – but impossible in an education establishment (even a student-focused one) not to worry about that ‘dark sarcasm’ and  ‘thought control’ – Hey teacher…

Keenan, B. An evil cradling

Candidly evoking a hostage’s despair, an Irish socialist and teacher kidnapped by Beirut fundamentalists and held for more than four years recreates the link that he and a fellow hostage, an upper-class English journalist, share.

Author: Keenan, Brian
Title: An evil cradling
Publisher: Vintage
Year: 1993
ISBN: 009999030X