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The School Inspector Calls!: A Little Village School Novel Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444706055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444706055
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed with delightful and authentic characters, juicy gossip, precarious romance and good old-fashioned village drama, this is a warm-hearted and hilarious account of a struggling school in a small community. (Good Book Guide)

A worthy successor to James Herriot, and every bit as endearing. (Alan Titchmarsh)

Written with all the humour and warmth one has come to expect from this master storyteller. (Countryman)

As Yorkshire's favourite school inspector turns to fiction you can enjoy memorable characters and turns of phrase. (Choice)

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The third brilliantly funny and warm-hearted novel in the Little Village School series from bestselling author Gervase Phinn.

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This is the third in the light series concerning the village of Barton-in-the-Dale centering around the little village school. The school merger is in the planning stages with meetings and dignitaries galore. There are marriages in the offing and will a new housing estate be built?
This is a light book which is easy to read. It is an ideal book if you want to put it down quite often as the thread is easy to keep track of. The characters have distinct personalities but they are slightly setereotypical - a grumpy caretaker, a gossipy owner of the post office.....characters which have been frequently seen before in books of this type. There aren't really any big surprises in this book making it quite comforting to read. However, there are no real challenges either.
My biggest gripe with this book was the constant explanations of previous events. Each time a character or event occurred for the first time we were treated to a synopsis of their involvement and significance in the previous books of the series. I found that this interrupted the flow of the story and found it quite patronising. Why not have a few pages at the beginning of the book summarising the previous two books which the reader can choose to read or not as they wish? This would serve as a refresher for those who wanted it without interrupting the flow of the story.
I do wonder where the author is going with this series. There were quite a few similar events to the previous books which if repeated again would be too much. Perhaps a significant influx of new characters when the 2 schools merger will stop the series going stale.
This was a light, mildly amusing book which flowed well and was easy to read. It is ideal for a quick comforting read but didn't present any surprises or challenges.
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I enjoyed following the next instalment of the series. I do hope there are going to be more, because I am itching to find out what happens next. I certainly recognised the children. I would recommend this book.
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This author has a way of putting over things that have happened in the form of an amusing story. I get Phinn's books as soon as they are published. It is difficult to put it down until you have finished it.
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She is going to love this stocking stuffer. I bought this on the strength of the TV interview with the author. Great shipping and packing from Amazon as usual.
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Oh dear. Am I the only person writing a review who found the inconsistencies and mistakes in this book irritating? It started with a conversation between a supposed ten year old and the head mistress. I had to go back and check it was a child talking...she could have been a middle aged woman! We go on to a meeting scheduled for a Thursday afternoon...that happens on a Friday when one of the characters was supposed to be on a training course. I have struggled to read on with any credibility just to get to the shop keeper whose conversation is sprinkled with clumsy malapropisms who then uses the word 'vicissitudes' correctly.
Either Phinn has lost interest in his characters, or this is very badly edited.
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Interesting new faces appear in the third of this series. Familiar plot lines are further developed and the Phinn descriptive talent is given free-reign. Compulsive reading as ever, and enjoyable story lines and character development introduce some elements that make the fourth book a 'must'.
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Another gem from this talented author who brings humanity, humour and intelligence to his books. We travel through the lives of the people in the village with a story stitched together by the village school and its pupils. A lesson to us all!
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Discovered Gervase Phinn recently, and have since devoured the titles non-stop. His insight and love of his job comes across on every page. The characters and children, and his obvious love of Gods Own Country jumps out of every page.
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