170 years of social work and family history set in the context of international, national and cultural events.
‘I have never read anything quite like this book before. Its combination of family history and account of the development of modern social work, set against a background of national and international events and cultural and societal trends, must be unique. It is a labour of love, and a testament to lives, well lived, and to work engaged in with dedication and radical intent.’
—Guy Sheenan, Chair BASW 2014-18
‘Written from a personal perspective… each chapter begins with an interesting quote, lyric, or poetic piece, inspiring the reader to consider class, inequality, poverty, war, hope… These questions are explored in chapters laid out to enable the reader to concentrate on aspects in detail, or more lightly. This book will be enjoyed by social workers, social work students and history-lovers alike.’
—Carol Reid, Registered Social Worker and National Organiser SWU
‘I relished the opportunity to read this book as it combines my interest in history with my commitment to social work as a driving force for making our society a fair and humane one. What stands out in this fine piece of scholarly work is not only the author’s vast knowledge but also his value base.‘
—Dr Neil Thompson, independent writer, educator and adviser