Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve GCSE Study Guide

Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve GCSE Study Guide

Dannie Abse’s gripping novel Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve spans an eight-year period and traces the rise of fascism in Europe, social unrest, unemployment and war. Yet it is Abse’s use of real people’s names and the Cardiff in which he grew up that will allow students to build a strong appreciation of the novel and its themes of loss and grief, religion and prejudice, and art and the imagination. Unravel every astonishing section with targeted, detailed notes and analysis.

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the
    chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and
    analysis. All sections are concisely summarised, then examined
    in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores:
    Characterisation • Relationships • Setting
    • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language
    • Form • Structure • Context

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Essay tips and questions for excellent exam practice
  • Key term definitions and ‘did you know?’ boxes to ensure students grasp difficult concepts

Suggested answers are provided for questions and


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key quotations for each section
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading suggestions
  • Original illustrations
  • Teacher tips throughout

“Content is great: apt, perceptive, fluent, knowledgeable. Activities are excellent: imaginative, clear, varied… High quality, and suitable for the target audience… Contains analysis which is sufficiently detailed and insightful to provide teachers with useful material, and to stretch and challenge students, but written very clearly and in appropriate register… An excellent resource. The student activities… are imaginative, well-presented, well-focused, clear and useful. The analysis is thorough, insightful, knowledgeable and intelligent. This is a valuable and useful resource.” – L Wilford, Reviewer (Previous Edition)

Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.

Price is £89
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