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Please Sir, there's a snake in the art room [Kindle Edition]

Keith Geddes
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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When bachelor Tom Thorne is appointed as Headmaster of a West London Prep School he has to contend with pushy parents and eccentric and rebellious teachers. Add in School Inspectors, Governors and dubious rugby referees and Tom soon realises that he will really have to be on his toes to survive. Close encounters with single mum Anita in the school darkroom – and elsewhere – develop. Will he be able to move the school forwards? Then Tom is appointed Head of a school in Nairobi, Kenya where there are very different problems – angry hippos, lions on the games fields, leopards in the garden and snakes in the art room. The beauty, poverty and danger of Africa are brought to life in this enthralling tale.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054QEOZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale from a bygone age 9 May 2008
Sitting back one afternoon with nothing better to do than to watch Newcastle v Chelsea on Sky, I picked up one of the books I'd been sent to review. I normally prefer to pick up a good Grisham, perhaps Harlan Coben, something along those lines with a bit murder and mystery preferably a little bit sex thrown in too. (hey... we all love it... c'mon) Keith Geddes? Never heard of him and quite frankly sitting down to read about the exploits of a teacher transferred to a school in Nairobi wasn't the sort of book that was likely to tear me away from the big screen. Anyway I sat down to watch the game and the old black n whites fared quite well in the first half, Michael Owen... c'mon you should have bagged two and sent the Chelski packing. The second half started poorly and the class began to show. Within ten minutes Newcastle were a goal down and I went for the book by Mr Geddes.
Am I glad I did! The book hooked me in almost straight away and my glances over the top of the book became less frequent especially when the toon went 2-0 down. After thirty minutes the box was switched off and I engrossed myself in a quite enthralling read.

The following day I finished it. It was a book from a bygone era, a wonderful 'holiday read' without meaning to undermine the book too much. Not heavy, not a difficult plot, just a good old fashioned yarn to lie on a sun kissed patio with a lazy bottle of rioja. And that's just what I did. Thank you Mr Geddes for a wonderful afternoon. Shame about the footy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Sir, There's A Snake In The Art Room 12 May 2008
Having been a teacher for 10 years, and also having lived in Kenya and Uganda for over a year, I could relate entirely to the subject of this book, the way Keith Geddes takes us through the different situations of a Headmaster in two completely different countries allowed me to picture myself in the same scenarios. Witty and informative with a cheeky edge this book will bring a smile to anyone who reads it. I read it from cover to cover in a day; perhaps I will get an 'A' for English Literature? This will appeal to all tastes and will leave you wanting the next book, so come on Mr Geddes ..... Gary Stone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classroom tale 1 Sept. 2008
In Please Sir, There's A Snake In The Art Room author Keith Geddes has his principal character, Tom Thorne, address a series of challenges. Thorne, this principal character, is a pre-school principal, or headmaster, depending of the regime in question. His first task is to manage and strengthen a Twickenham prep-school, to bolster its students' performance in common entrance exams.

Along the way he has to deal with unruly parents, some of which are so despicably attractive that they quite put his off his stroke. There are problem teachers, some of whom scheme, wheel and deal, or even take days off sick. There are, inevitably, students. Some of them perform, others under-perform. Some are almost anonymous, while some excel. There are sports fixtures where the school could do better, and there are success stories that outnumber the disappointments. And amid this, Tom Thorne finds himself a new wife, a new family and, believe it or not, a new job.

Tome takes up the challenge of a headship in a Kenyan school, near the Ngong Hills outside Nairobi, right on the boundary of the Game Park. There he institutes a similar mix of curriculum reform, staff management, pupil stewardship and parental relationship that he used in Twickenham and, you've guessed it, things work out well. Tom is certainly kept busy. In addition, Kenya provides him with occasional experiences that Twickenham would not, such as snakes, hippos, lions and even flowering plants.

Please Sir, There's A Snake In The Art Room is not really a novel. In the tradition of Gervase Phinn, it's more like a fictionalised professional diary, a diary containing the things that were too unprofessional to put in the real thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good tale. 25 Jun. 2008
I loved this book and could not put it down. It is a hugely entertaining read, humourous and interesting. If you have ever been a school parent, most particularly in Africa, the story rings familiar bells all the way through. All the characters are very believable and Keith Geddes' talent for drawing you into their lives and allowing you to picture them leaves you almost sure that you know them from your own school experiences. I was hooked from the beginning and laughed a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 11 May 2012
By Jeff C
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved the book. An entertaining read and excellent reminder of my upbringing in Kenya and time at school. I hope the school names have been changed to protect the innocent as I went to St.Christophers but don't recall it being far out of town nor it being a boarding school.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Snake at school 25 July 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The most boring book I've read about teaching and Africa. From the title I thought there was going to be some humour in it but found it most pedestrian. I write this as a teacher who has lived for several years in East Africa and had to catch a snake by encouraging it to slide into a jam jar and then putting a book on top to keep it there. It turned out to be harmless!
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Well meaning book about the life of a prep school Head Teacher, first in England and then in Africa. Regret that I found it rather boring; so much so that I gave up half way through. The writing style, in my opinion, is condescending, and rather like a press release. Could have done without the frequent exclamation marks. .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Thoroughly enjoyable read, from London to kenya, taking on the sometimes harrowing job of the headmaster. Lots of laughs along the way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ernest parkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Light entertainment
Entertaining but hardly exciting
Published 6 months ago by Vivien Chafer
2.0 out of 5 stars Better books to buy
Not much of a story, I suppose the author should have listtened to what his father told him ''if you can't find anything to do become a teacher'' and that sums up the book really,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Northern lights
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really gripping explains all aspects of different kinds of education am about to start the second book as I presume it follows on
Published 8 months ago by julie astley
3.0 out of 5 stars For me not enough of the fun stuff and too much endless descriptions...
For me not enough of the fun stuff and too much endless descriptions of public school life, sporting events, so I haven't finished it yet although I began to read it way back in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Christine L. Keeling
2.0 out of 5 stars boring.
I must admit I did nt get far with this book........boring.
Published 11 months ago by LA
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Would never recommend this book. I expected much more from it and it failed to deliver.
Published 11 months ago by Jackie Abington
4.0 out of 5 stars Africal schooldays.
Wistful personal reminiscences of a time in Africa. A pleasant read.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. G. Coad
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
The read was a little on the superficial side. Anyone who had worked in a school as I have for many years would find it somewhat
inaccurate. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and boring
The author has the ability to make most things appear mundane especially in an exciting country. Should have stuck to his job in the UK
Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by kandyman
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