The School Inspector Calls!: A Little Village School Novel Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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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)
The third brilliantly funny and warm-hearted novel in the Little Village School series from bestselling author Gervase Phinn.See all Product Description
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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.
Either Phinn has lost interest in his characters, or this is very badly edited.
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excellent set of books. Didn't want to put it down, and couldn't wait for next book in series.Published 1 month ago by Ms. A. M. Chandler
Gervase Phinn has a delightfully interesting style of writing, and having read many of his books I have enjoyed this one also.Published 2 months ago by G. R. Maskell