- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 533 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Publisher: Phil Church (3 Sept. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005L9VJYQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The quality of Church's writing is such that its fluidity is seamless and challenges you to even notice the words on the page. I was guided directly into the smells and mayhem of a secondary classroom. I have found myself relating anecdotes from Thrift for a good fortnight. I couldn't recommend this more to while away an enjoyable few hours.
Well done Phil Church
If your taste in humour is observational rather than slapstick you'll like this, though there is a bit of the latter, too. Most of it is very well written and reads smoothly, which is of prime importance, of course. Oh, and I very much liked the abrupt ending. Nice one, Mr Church!
Thrift is a wonderfully laconic account of a failing comprehensive school teacher.
The long suffering hero is patronised by his family (apart from his beloved mother), manipulated by his pupils and manipulated again by the school management team (the odious Mr Stevens is brilliantly sent up). Our hero has one true friend (the hapless Malcolm), a bizarre collection of drinking companions at the local pub and a frighteningly persistent would-be girlfriend called Angela.
Phil Church delights us with his self-deprecating style of writing and his dry sense of humour. He portrays the hero's disastrous foray into the world of the private investigator, his useless direction of the school play, Hamlet, and gives an absolutely hilarious account of his brother's stag weekend.
All is fuelled by a subplot of biscuits and alcohol, and as we rattle towards the cliff hanger ending, surely the reader's main thought must be - sequel please!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't really expect much from this book due to the cover and title but I thought I may give it a try due to the subject matter as I spent some years working with schools. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jo
You really must try this, Phil Church has a fresh view on everything.Published on 5 Feb. 2015 by Redsgang
Made me smile and,despite the main character having flaws (lots of them!), I really wanted him to not get found out!
Is there a sequel in the offing? Read more
Avid readers will whizz through this amusing text. If you work as a teacher or have thought about teaching this will surely dampen your enthusiasm or make you wish your retirement... Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2014 by Mrs KE Bulpitt
He is completely inadequate teacher and realistically there would never be a teacher like him in education but so many people seem to think there would! Read morePublished on 22 July 2014 by Avid reader
A funny escapade into the life of a high school teacher, some laugh out loud moments, light hearted and worth a read.Published on 20 July 2014 by Silvo
This classroom caper is another triumph from the pen of this witty writer.
The atmosphere and characters are well drawn and our anti-hero comes through, seemingly... Read more
An excellent novel for lifting the spirits. Surely no teacher could be this awful? But he's so credible, as are his colleagues. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2014 by snowbird
This is one of the best books i have ever read. The author is clearly very talented, and ill be seeking out his other titles.Published on 20 Feb. 2014 by Rob Dovaston