Jon Berry spent nearly thirty years teaching English in comprehensive schools before moving to the university sector, where he still teaches on a part-time basis. He has been a political campaigner throughout his working life and this has informed his published research about education and the wider world. Beyond academic publication, he has written books aimed at a non-specialist readership about teaching and testing - the main areas of his own professional research. He had been a frequent contributor to the printed press and spoken media about education issues.
In recent years he has ventured into writing about another of his passions - football. His book about supporting his beloved Birmingham City, Hugging Strangers, has been very well received, as has his more recent publication, Project Restart, which takes a broader look at the place of football during the pandemic .
His latest book, Brutish Necessity, takes a different turn. Using the last execution in his native city of Birmingham as its starting point, the book attempts to revive a piece of forgotten history and explains this collective amnesia in terms of racist attitudes, social injustice and institutional indifference. He lives in St. Albans, UK.
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