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4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing, touching, wise tale about the UK state school system in the early 1970s, 14 April 2013
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This review is from: The Harpole Report (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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5.0 out of 5 stars So funny, 16 Jun 2014
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I came to this in a very roundabout way - from a comparison with the new Edward St Aubyn comedy on literary prizes, in which the reviewer praised this so highly I tracked down a copy. I loved it. There's a definite 1970-80s period flavour about it, but the fact is that schools don't change much, educational theory is always bizarre in similar ways, and children and teachers continue to have the same range of habits and characters. Teachers and head teachers will love it. Anyone who's ever had a child in school, or worked for a local authority will love it. And anyone who enjoys a good comedy will as well. J L Carr is most famous for A Month in the Country. But do try this - and if you like the characters, follow them in Harpole and Foxberrow, General Publishers as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing, touching, wise tale about the UK state school system in the early 1970s, 14 April 2013
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This review is from: The Harpole Report (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 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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