Elaine Brace by Malorie Blackman

The former Children’s Laureate remembers an A-level English teacher who ‘hated children’ but loved her subject – and instilled in her a passion for literature

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Elaine Brace was such an interesting character because she hated kids and didn’t mind telling us that. She was my A-level English teacher. I remember her with great fondness.

Although she hated children, she absolutely loved her subject. You could taste her love of stories and plays, and she instilled that same passion into all of us. She certainly instilled it into me, anyway.

Miss Brace was the sort of teacher who had a twinkle in her eye and loved to say outrageous things just to see how they would go down. I remember once, we were reading Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida and she looked ...

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