Laureate's Love Lesson

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Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Tiny fans besiege book world's bejewelled star

A feature in today's Guardian about the new Children's Laureate's appearance at the Hay Festival included the following:

... ...she revealed, to a pining audience, her 86th book is coming this autumn. Love Lessons deals with the one subject she had said she would not touch: passionate attachments of pupils to teachers. It will be followed by another in the spring, and possibly by her autobiography in autumn 2006.

This is strange. There is already a well-known YA novel in the UK about just this subject. And it too is called Love Lessons. By David Belbin, it is described on Amazon as "A gripping novel about one of the last great taboos - a teacher- pupil relationship" and has received a number of 5-star reader reviews.

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On teacher-pupil relationships, let's not forget Melvin Burgess's *Doing It* - though Belbin's work certainly predates it.


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