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In a multi-cultural community somewhere in the North, teaching is not the only thing that occupies the mind. Special Needs features a vibrant cast of teachers and dreamers: adults every bit as in need of self-discovery as their teenage charges and offspring.
A tour de force about family, race, sexual identity, lesbianism and life at the chalk-face, Special Needs is an always intelligent, often hilarious and unerringly humane debut, filled with larger-than-life but thoroughly credible characters, from an accomplished and mature voice.
Sue Vickerman was born in Bradford. While living in a Scottish lighthouse, she had two poetry collections published: Shag (Arrowhead Press, 2003) and The Social Decline of the Oystercatcher (Biscuit Publishing, 2005), the latter championed by the likes of Sandi Toksvig and Magnus Magnusson. Her short stories have appeared in Staple, Peninsular and The Frogmore Papers, and have been anthologised by Virago and Diva Books. Having lived on four different continents, home is wherever she lays her hat—currently a room in a watermill in the Yorkshire Dales.