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An Inspector Calls

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JellySlice Sat 12-May-18 17:50:20

Dd is studying this for GCSE. Which edition should I buy her? Not for passnotes, etc, but there are editions which include other plays, or an intro by someone scholarly, or just a straight script. Also, reviews on Amazon suggest that some lines in some editions are different to other editions - how do I know which is the correct version?

(I have asked dd to get this info from her teacher, or just take a pic of the ISBN on the school's copy, but she's in prickly teen melodrama mode ATM.)

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TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 12-May-18 17:53:34

I always teach from the Heinneman version - but not saying all schools use that one, just that it would be the most likely.

KingscoteStaff Sat 12-May-18 17:55:07

Double check it’s not on English dept’s page on school’s website - I spent ages nagging DS to confirm boards/texts/ editions before I realised all the info had been on the website all along AND (great shame to me) on the piece of paper handed to us at the Year 10 Parents’ Evening, carefully folded, put away in a file and never looked at again..,

BeyondThePage Sat 12-May-18 17:55:20

get up the page on Amazon, sit DD in front of it and ask her which one it looks like. talking from experience

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 12-May-18 18:09:08

Just get her the straight script. And English exams are closed book now, so it doesn't matter if lines differ slightly across editions.

ScreamingValenta Sat 12-May-18 18:11:08

I studied An Inspector Calls for my GCSE in 1990. Not that that's helpful to you in any way, I'm just surprised it's still on the list grin.

LooseAtTheSeams Sat 12-May-18 19:30:20

AQA website seems to be recommending the Cambridge University Press edition, if that helps?

RexManning Sat 12-May-18 19:41:38

And English exams are closed book now, so it doesn't matter if lines differ slightly across editions.

Not in the exam but it does matter for teaching. Check with the school if you possibly can - it is a PITA for the kid with a different edition when everyone else is working from page references in class, or we as teachers set homework on specific pages.

TheSecondOfHerName Sat 12-May-18 19:48:27

I'd email her English teacher to ask which edition they recommend. My children's school sends an email out with the ISBN number of the edition they'll be using in class.

megafemme Sat 12-May-18 19:53:14


Davros Sun 13-May-18 00:07:11

Screamingvalenta I studied it for O'Levels in 1976! There's a good dramatisation available on Apple TV and probably available elsewhere. DD and I are going to see it in the theatre in October. I'll be suffering as I think it's so clichéd

Numbkinnuts Sun 13-May-18 00:11:29

DS starting GCSE next week

AQA board for English Lit and we have used Heinemann.

Likewise for my other DS the year before.

ScreamingValenta Sun 13-May-18 00:45:19

@Davros Clearly a case of the exam board deciding 'this one will run and run' grin.

Davros Sun 13-May-18 09:07:35

And Animal Farm hmm

ScreamingValenta Sun 13-May-18 09:15:48

Alas we didn't have Animal Farm (which I'd read dozens of times). Of Mice and Men and Othello were the other texts I recall.

rainingcatsanddog Sun 13-May-18 09:17:41

I asked dd to pick the one that school uses off Amazon.

TheSecondOfHerName Sun 13-May-18 10:45:02

Of Mice and Men is out of the GCSE set text list (so at my children's school they study it in Y9 instead).

Three of mine have done Animal Farm (which I also studied at school) and two have done Lord of the Flies (ditto).

None of them have read An Inspector Calls.

ToffeeUp Sun 13-May-18 10:55:54

Just checked DS copy and he is using the Heinemann edition.

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