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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • EvieA
  • 02-14-21

Great listen. Loved every second of it!

From the opening sentence I was hooked. The great names of the characters, the life of a village and school and the heart warming tale of life, death and day to day school life.

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  • J. Trayner
  • 01-06-21

A wonderful storyteller reading a heartwarming and delicious story.

A lovely story that lifts the heart. I laughed out loud at Gervase’s wonderful depictions and observance of the characters. I’ve lived and grown up in such a village. It’s wonderfully written and portrayed. I’ll definitely re-listen to this. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Gervase many years ago and he’s a lovely man. Thank you Gervase for the pleasure your books bring me. Joanne. T.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-19

Brilliant story

Can’t wait to listen to another one! Makes my day go by quickly whilst I clean clients properties!!

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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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  • Ms. D. M. Gregory
  • 07-10-21

great book

loved it could not wait to listen to the next chapters the author narrating it makes it come to life and can see the characters in my mind.
Can't wait to read the next books.

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  • Tia de la Fuente
  • 07-01-21

Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Definitely recommended. All characters in the book were very well described.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-21

Highly recommended

A good story, loved the voice of the narrator. Now looking out for the sequel!

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  • Jennifer2
  • 09-26-20

Quite A Joy!

What a joy to listen to. The performance is perfect. Its fun and quite funny in parts. The story is on local characters and their activities. It would fit nicely into the Young Adults section and is not unlike the Miss Read books.