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5.0 out of 5 stars
Please Sir by Jack Sheffield, 29 Jan 2011
Jack Sheffield's books about Ragley just get better and better. In these doom laden times just switch off the television, ignore the news, put the newspaper in the re-cycling bin and settle down with a Jack Sheffield book. All the characters come alive and, for me, bring back so many memories of school and village life now a quarter of a century ago; the shops, the village pub, the parish church, the football team all burst from the pages in true colour. If we thought things had changed then, how much more they have now! One delightful touch, among so many, was the suggestion that Jack should trade in his Morris Minor Traveller for another car. Jack's feelings over this were classic and for those who have had, or still have a 'Moggie' he made the right decision - the car did not go! Jack's books flow fluently through the years at Ragley School so closely coupled with such wonderful village characters whilst he shows us how direct, nay blunt, children can be when answering questions. Once again a cliff-hanger ends the book and my only complaint is that we have to wait until later in the year for the next instalment. Meanwhile I shall re-read the series, chuckling throughout, visualising life in a part of England so very far removed from the south east corner and wishing some time portal could whisk us back to Ragley in the early 'eighties. Oh, and by the way munch on some chocolate, it just increases the enjoyment of such well-written observations about living in North Yorkshire. Come on Jack, speed up the writing!