Goodnight Mister Tom is a classic. It has been adapted to screen and theatre and is one of my favourite books of all time. Ever. I first came across this book in the late 90’s whilst in year 4/5 when Mr O’Neil, my headmaster and year teacher read us Goodnight Mister Tom as our afternoon book. I was enthralled then and I still am somewhat 14 years later. It’s a story about love. A love of an old man and young boy who, both bereft of love, find it in their new-found Father Son relationship.
We first see both Will Beach and Tom Oakley on Tom’s doorstep. Will has been evacuated from London to a sleepy little village, Little Weirwold. Will has been mentally and physically abused by his mother and later we surmise by his father, when he still had one, for most of his life. Tom lost his wife and new born son many many years ago and since shut his heart to anyone, so it is with great regret that the lady for the homing of evacuees disturbs Toms quite and grumpy life.
We see Will blossom under the gruff care of Tom and in turn see Tom open up under the influence of a sickly little boy. Will learns to read and write from Tom, makes friends for the first time and discovers he has a natural gift for drawing. Tom enters back into the social