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Jack Sheffield
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Book Description

7 May 2007

It's 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack's eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster.

The many colourful chapters include Ruby the 20 stone caretaker with an acute spelling problem, a secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher, a villager who grows giant carrots, a barmaid/parent who requests sex lessons, and a five-year-old boy whose language is colourful in the extreme. And then there's also beautiful, bright Beth Henderson, who is irresistibly attractive to the young headmaster...

Warm, funny and nostalgic, Teacher, Teacher is a delightful read that is guaranteed to make you feel better, whatever kind of day you've had.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552155284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552155281
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and grew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate, in North East Leeds. After a job as a 'pitch boy', repairing roofs, he became a Corona Pop Man before going to St John's College, York, and training to be a teacher. In the late 70s and 80s, he was a headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire before becoming Senior Lecturer in primary education at Bretton Hall near Wakefield. It was at this time he began to record his many amusing stories of village life. He lives in York and Hampshire.

Visit his website at www.jacksheffield.com.

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"Heartbeat for teachers" (Fay Yeomans, BBC Radio)

"Howzat for a great Yorkshire novel" (Dickie Bird)

"A wonderful gallery of village characters" (Yorkshire Evening Press)

"Refreshing...hilarious detail" (Yorkshire Post)

"Wry and touching ... the warm and nostalgic story of Jack's efforts to run the school is told with understanding and colourful humour...Sheffield writes with understanding and colourful humour" (Good Book Guide)

Book Description

A funny, heart-warming and semi-autobiographical story in the tradition of James Herriot about a year in the life of a Yorkshire primary school in the late 1970s.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 30 Jun 2007
This is not my usual type of book as i tend to go for the thriller, blood and gore kind. However, this was bought for me and i think it took me just over 2 days to read - would have taken less but work got in the way! I found it easy to read, enjoyable and quite poingnat at times. Loved every page. Would recommend it to anyone and cannot wait for Mr Sheffield's next book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More, More 20 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I picked this book up, because of a recommendation through Amazon, after I had purchased Gervase Phinn's books! There was a sticker on the front of the book when it arrived, even saying if you like Gervase Phinn (GP) you will love this. Rightly I think this was a bit unfair, the book should be judged on it's own merits and I thoroughly enjoyed it though I did have my doubts to begin with. There was some great similarites to GP and even some identical stories - the lad with his trousers round his ankles wanting to know who wipes the bottoms(cleaned up for this review!) around here! This aside, the doubts faded and I found the book delightful and I have always had a bit of a thing for 'school' type stories. The characters were all individuals and not there merely to show the strengths of the author throughout his first year as a head teacher of Ragley School. Unlike GP you could date this book, the year is 1977/78 as dated at the beginning of every chapter and all the outside influences going on in the world are reflected through events and characters. I wonder if in 30 years time we will have similar books, describing what the education system is like currently. I look forward to the next book and just hope there is not too much similarity to GP.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read book for stressed teachers! 9 Dec 2007
Not only did this book help me through a challenging Ofsted, it also reminded why I decided to be a teacher in the first place. A book that made me both laugh and cry - a fantastic read, much recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos from Indianapolis, Indiana 25 Nov 2007
On a recent trip to the UK, I found this book in a small shop near York. Once back home, I enjoyed it so much I read it all in two days (and that was after full days of teaching!)

The honesty and charm of each character was magical. I truly enjoyed the humor within the stories, and as a teacher myself, some of the situations had me putting the book down till I'd finished wiping the tears of laughter away.

I cannot reccomend this book highly enough, and look forward with anticipation to the next book in this series, Mister Teacher.

Syndy Ortwein
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher Teacher a great book 21 Oct 2007
Teacher Teacher is a fantastic book it had me in hysterics at times much to confusion of the customers in my local coffee shop. At one point I laughed out loud so much that another customer asked me which book I was reading. The characters come out of the book and shake hands with you they are so realistic Jack Sheffield is a brilliant author and I can't wait until Mr teacher comes out in January 08 and I also look forward to Dear Teacher coming out later. Keep up the splendid writing Jack and give us lots more laughs.

Lynne mc Keag
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher, Teacher by Jack Sheffield 29 Jan 2005
I just couldn't put this book down - I wanted to know what happened to this new headteacher at the mercy of a rural primary school in North yorkshire in the sixties. I defy anyone to read the 'Dance with your Eyes' chapter without tears in their eyes. Magic! Go out and get it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading. 2 May 2005
I really enjoyed reading Teacher Teacher, about school life. it made me laugh. I would recommend it to anyone. Very good holiday book! Waiting for Jack's next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher teacher by Jack Sheffield 30 Dec 2004
By m cragg
I couldn't put this book down. Very much in the vein of Gervais Phinn and James Herriot. Jack Sheffield's writing flows like a good conversation......... A different story with each chapter. Sheffield takes the reader through tears of laughter and sadness whilst painting a wonderfully clear visual picture of the 1970's. I can't wait for the next book!
p.s. It's the kind of book that should be made into a tv series
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