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Another year of tears and laughter at Ragley-on-the-Forest Village School
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As the 1982 school year begins, Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his sixth year as headteacher. Nora Pratt celebrates twenty-five years in her coffee shop, Ronnie Smith finally tries to get a job, and little Krystal Entwhistle causes concern in the school Nativity play. It's the time of ET and Greenham Common, Prince William's birth, Fame leg warmers and the puzzling introduction of the new 20p piece.
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It drove me mad, all the advertisements in the books - I wonder if he got paid for them? Every time he filled his fountain pen it was with Quick ink. His car was always his Morris Minor estate with wooden trim - OK the first time, but why not just call it a car thereafter? Same with the girlfriend's light blue Volkswagen Beetle - never just a car. And everything else had its maker's name attached and quite often the price! Did he look all these up then feel bound to include them? And his Buddy Holly glasses - never just a pair of glasses!
And he is such a dull character without ambition - how did he manage to attract all these stunningly beautiful women? Who always wore immaculately tailored business suits.
His characters seem to be mostly caricatures, especially the ones who live on the council estate, who mostly spoke in unreadable dialects and all appeared to have very low IQs And they all have to be called by their Forename 'Nickname' Surname each times he mentions them.
Repetitive and unimaginative - such a disappointment.
However I do have a bone to pick about how Mr Sheffield represents the stereotypical "salt of the earth" types who use an inordinate amount of malapropisms and who come across as eccentric, a little bit dim and not too well educated and I feel that a slight sense of benign condescension is being shown towards these particular Yorkshire folk! The professionals however appear to be more erudite and far more sensible, again stereotypical.
In general though I do think the books are well written, very readable and very enjoyable and although I know that I will be irritated at times I will still buy the latest one in the series!