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The Harpole Report [Hardcover]

J. L. Carr
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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Secker and Warburg; First Edition edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436086107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436086106
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,862,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By nigeyb
Format:Paperback
I decided to read this book having been very impressed by "A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)", also written by J.L. Carr, and which has rocketed into my list of all time favourite novels. This is a very different type of book but nonetheless skilfully written and very enjoyable. It's an amusing, touching, wise tale about the UK state school system in the early 1970s. It's written as a report on a temporary head teacher, whose story unfolds through a series of school logs, notes, letters and memos. It's a delightful time capsule that has the unmistakable tang of authenticity as petty bureaucrats, envious colleagues, aggrieved parents, unions, outmoded attitudes, personality clashes all combine to create humour, truth and absurdity. The authenticity is not surprising as writer J.L. Carr was a Primary School teacher for almost 40 years, including 15 years spent as Head Teacher of Highfields school in Kettering.
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By nigeyb
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I decided to read this book having been very impressed by "A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)", also written by J.L. Carr, and which has rocketed into my list of all time favourite novels. This is a very different type of book but nonetheless skilfully written and very enjoyable. It's an amusing, touching, wise tale about the UK state school system in the early 1970s. It's written as a report on a temporary head teacher, whose story tale unfolds through a series of school logs, notes, letters and memos. It's a delightful time capsule that has the unmistakable tang of authenticity as petty bureaucrats, envious colleagues, aggrieved parents, unions, outmoded attitudes, personality clashes all combine to create humour, truth and absurdity. The authenticity is not surprising as writer J.L. Carr was a Primary School teacher for almost 40 years, including 15 years spent as Head Teacher of Highfields school in Kettering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tribulations of a Temporary headteacher 18 July 2004
By L O'connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
George Harpole is reluctantly forced to take on the role of temporary headteacher of St. Nicholas C.E. (Assisted) Primary School in Tamppling, a small town somewhere in the English Midlands. His staff consist of elderly, inflexible Mr. Pintle, stuffy, snobbish Mrs Grindle-Jones, smug young Mr. Croser, eccentric Miss Tollemache, and a young temporary teacher fresh from Cambridge, Emma Foxberrow, who holds strong progressive views on education and everything else, not to mention Mr Theaker, the dreaded School Caretaker. During his time as headteacher, Harpole valiantly tackles a number of tricky problems involving teachers, pupils, parents, school governors and various other people. He manages to reform a bullying father, do away with the 'Backwards' class, persuade Miss Foxberrow to run the school sports day, and even outwit the dreadful Mr Theaker on a couple of occasions. He tackles a terrible family called the Widmerpools, who consist of eleven children, their parents, and Alfred, a mysterious man who spends all his time washing the family's clothes. 'It is enough that I have the Washing' he tells Harpole.The book is told in the fomr of entries from Harpole's journal, comments on the journal made by an independent educaiton expert, and letters between Harpole and various other characters. It is an achingly funny book, with wonderful characters, hilarious dialogue, outrageous situations, and laughs on every page. One of the funniest books I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars meaningful and FUNNY 8 Dec 2013
By Alan Fabricant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
funny great accurate and satiric description of teaching and school administration a very goo read. Up there with other works by JL Carr
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