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The Little Village School Audiobook

The Little Village School

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Carissa
    Beds, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Watson
    Scotland
    12/1/13
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    "Gentle and enjoyable, but not riveting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, I would never presume to do such a thing.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was quite obvious where the story was going from quite early on, but this was no detriment to the story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Was The Little Village School worth the listening time?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    stanton by bridge, United Kingdom
    4/16/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    8/16/15
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    "Brilliant first book"

    Loved all the characters and took them all to my heart even shed a tear half way through

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie Ellis
    7/22/15
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    "An enjoyable 'read'"

    An excellent book and engaging storytelling by the wonderful Gervase Phinn. A funny insight into school life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    Alexandria, United Kingdom
    5/5/14
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    "fine if you want tips about being a headmistress"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was a story about the main characters with more feeling and less thinking, rather than about how to be a good teacher. Less time taken on explaining things. I felt like I might have exam on it later, rather than feeling that I had met real people.


    What could Gervase Phinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If it was written and read in a more adult style. I dont mean sexual intimacy, but more depth to the characters, less of a s t o r y about school-life. I was listening to a story about people rather than living it with them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gervase Phinn’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The imagery was vivid and the narrator did good character voices.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    5/11/17
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    "As a Yorkshire lass far from home this warms my heart."

    Easy listening, with lovely characters, engaging and compelling. Charming characters. I'm loving the Yorkshire accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Allison
    4/1/17
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    "A very entertaining book"

    Absolutely loved it. The narrator tell is so well, you just want to keep listening to it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kim kennedy
    3/26/17
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    "like a lovely warm bath!"

    a funny easy to listen to story. really enjoyed it!
    great story for long winter's nights

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    3/24/17
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    "A very good storyline"
    If you could sum up The Little Village School in three words, what would they be?

    Encapsulating Yorkshire storyline


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Little Danny


    What about Gervase Phinn’s performance did you like?

    His adaptability of characters and their mannerisms


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The village with it all


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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