One of Kureishi's six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
To Sir, With Love by E.R. BraithwaiteRead about another entry on the list.
Maybe the first book to deal with what it meant to be black in postwar Britain. An ex-serviceman from British Guiana begins work as a teacher at a school in London's East End and has to negotiate not only the prejudice of his peers but also the scorn of his pupils. He slowly gains respect and motivates his despondent class. A heroic book, guided by the integrity and heroism of one man.