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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
  • 05-15-12

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!

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  • Ann Watson
  • 12-01-13

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.

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  • Natalie Ellis
  • 07-22-15

An enjoyable 'read'

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

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  • Heather
  • 04-16-13

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.

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  • Lorraine K
  • 05-05-14

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.

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  • tony
  • 09-04-18

A right grand story.

Gradly The story captures village life in Yorkshire. Mr Phinn is a treat to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

Beautiful book

Enjoyed this book so much, the village school series are the best escape books, laughed and cried, wonderful characters, did not want the book to end

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  • TimV
  • 07-13-18

A masterpiece of easy listening.

Beautifully written and narrated tale of life in a Yorkshire village with the school as the centrepiece. No devious plot, no twists and turns just a gentle, amusing, at times sad, amble through the ups and downs of village life. I can't help but feel there's a lot of true life experience in here. Highly recommended if you're looking for something a bit different from the cut and thrust of most thrillers etc.

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  • Mr Gregory P Morris
  • 03-31-18

Sheer joy

This book has been wonderfully read by the author. Hugely evocative. Amusing yet very moving.

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  • P1955
  • 01-27-18

Wonderful

Another enthralling tale by Gervase Phinn made more special narrated by the author. Humorous , delightful characters and well remembered Yorkshire dialect. Can't wait to listen to the next