He was wearing red shoes! With silver heels! Elisabeth Devine causes quite a stir on her arrival in the village. No one can understand why the head of a big inner city school would want to come to sleepy little Barton-in-the-Dale, to a primary with more problems than school dinners. And that's not even counting the challenges the mysterious Elisabeth herself will face: a bitter former head teacher, a grumpy caretaker, and a duplicitous chair of governors, to name but a few. Then there's the gossip. After all, a woman who would wear red shoes to an interview is obviously capable of anything….
Warm, funny and poignant, Gervase Phinn's first novel for adults creates a fictional world that's as real as can be. It will delight all his fans, and win him many more.
©2011 Gervase Phinn (P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton
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"The Little Village School"
As always Gervase Phinn is EXCELLENT!!!! Brilliantly written & read! If you want a good laugh listen to this!!!!! Brilliant blunt Yorkshire humour!
"Gentle and enjoyable, but not riveting"
No, I would never presume to do such a thing.
It was quite obvious where the story was going from quite early on, but this was no detriment to the story.
Yes, I enjoyed the story and the characters, many of which can be found in any Yorkshire village (the gossips, the judgmental, the troublemaker etc.). It is a departure from Gervase's autobiographical books. Here he has entered the realms of fiction based on his school experiences and has produced a fully rounded story of village life centred on the new headmistress. We are slowly introduced to the character of Elizabeth through her sympathetic dealings with the village children in her charge, her relationship with the School Governors and Education officers, some of whom are for her and some against. Her own private reasons for moving to this small village school in the Yorkshire Dales from a prestigious city school are also revealed.
"classic gervase, heartwarming yorkshire tale"
The little village school is gervase writing at his best. Yet another gervase phinn book which the whole family can enjoy. His simplistic style and amazing voice bring the book to life. My only criticism is that he has used some paragraphs eg. The bit about the crematorium from his autobiographies nearly word for word- saying that im gervase phinn obsessed so know his books nearly off by heart but if you didn't its no problem. My favourite author.
"Brilliant first book"
Loved all the characters and took them all to my heart even shed a tear half way through
"An enjoyable 'read'"
An excellent book and engaging storytelling by the wonderful Gervase Phinn. A funny insight into school life
"Mr. Phinn has done it again!"
I discovered Gervase Phinn back in 1998 when I was given a copy of The Other Side of the Dale to read by a fellow traveller on a coach holiday to Scotland. I was about 18 at the time and found both his storytelling and style to be enrapturing.
With the Little Village School series I have rediscovered just what a great writer he is and have been really impressed with his delivery in the audiobooks.
I still prefer a good book but when I'm driving or lounging about at night and trying not to wake my wife with a reading light, the audio editions are great. This is a touching and enjoyable story. One which you can imagine playing out in the real world.
Thank you Gervase!
"Can't wait to hear the rest of the series"
The reading brings the characters to life, a good story that leaves you wanting to hear more.
"Captivating school story."
I loved it from the first chapter. Well read by the author with so much detail to transport you to the school and village life
"I absolutely loved this book"
I absolutely loved this book. Its both funny and sad. I've had it playing all day yesterday because I couldn't turn it off.
"An enjoyable read"
Probably because I like being read to and I enjoy the different voices and accents.
I think it was a child coming to terms with a devastating loss
I liked the way that the two friends were able to speak up for each other
Perhaps not, I enjoyed it in several chunks
I will read this book again.
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