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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing (6 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954551095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954551094
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,299,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryony Allen was born in Enfield (UK) in 1968, but spent her formative years in the North East. She returned to the South of the country to study for a degree in English and Drama followed by teacher training in Cambridge. Now settled in Suffolk with her husband and four children her hobbies include reading, writing and supporting her local football team, Ipswich Town.

Bryony writes Adult and Young Adult fiction and has also been a primary and middle school teacher and SENCo for 18 years. Her witty and humorous debut adult novel 'Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector' was based on some true experiences as well as those embedded in the imagination.

Her debut Young Adult book 'OTOLI' is an engrossing mystery story of bullying, friendship and revenge with a twist of the paranormal. This was published on the 28th April 2011 by UK Independent publisher, Pneuma Springs. 5% of all sales of OTOLI will be donated to the national charity 'Bullying UK', part of the 'Family Lives' group on an on going basis. OTOLI was entered in 'The People's Book Prize' Spring 2012 collection. http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=728

Bryony is now currently working on further writing projects and has completed a second work for the Young Adult genre called 'The Assembly Room' which is published in Autumn 2012. This book is a finalist in 'The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award' 2013. Watch this space!

Check out http://www.pneumasprings.co.uk for further information.

Bryony's website can be found at http://www.bryonyallen.co.uk

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Cheshire Lad on 11 Nov 2010
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"Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector" is a book that doesn't "mess around" for a moment.

Each paragraph, densely-packed with Allen's razor-sharp speedy feminine wit draws (partly) from her own experiences in the classroom.
Bryony doesn't pay too many compliments. From the outset, in setting the scene for the novel, using her detailed character-study sarcasm she highlights the cast's imperfections to hilarity. And judging by her depth of verbal ammunition, Bryony is hardly someone you would want to argue with.
Sometimes I did feel sorry for some, (but again in another schoolyard parallel) only in moments when I wasn't laughing at them.
"Mystery" is genuinely hilarious for everyone broadminded with the exception perhaps of school staff members about to undergo intrusive inspections themselves.
Thank goodness that this is only fiction.
Read it one page at a time and laugh properly this time at those people we've all met before.
Five stars.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss A. J. Clarke on 9 Oct 2012
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Wow, my first thought after reading this book was how well written it was. It was a real page turner, we know that the author Bryony is a teacher too so this novel draws in from Allen's own experiences. Like I had said in my review of OTOLI which is also written by Allen, I am glad that the author had taken the time to contact because I wouldn't have experienced this great book.
To me, this wasn't just your ordinary mystery book, this was a mystery with some humour twisted into the story line and it really works. It allows you to able to see the characters in a different light than most novels, these characters which appear to be flawed just like any other human being in real life is what makes the novel for me along with the great detail. A cracking read I just could not put down.
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I suppose I ought to say at the outset that this is not my usual choice of reading material. However, saying that, I found it to be at times funny, interesting, surreal and engrossing. Bryony writes with a distinctive voice that captures the imagination and doesn't let go, managing to draw the reader into the slightly surreal world she is depicting. If this is a true, if somewhat embellished, depiction of a schoolteachers life then it is no wonder that its called one of the most stressful professions in the world. The one thing that occurs to me is, considering that it is, in part, based on her own experiences , which parts are they and are there any libel suits in the offing?
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