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Thrift by [Church, Phil]
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Thrift Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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  • 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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Found this gem lurking low down on my kindle .. I must say I did hope this is not a true story.. The author comes across as a very lazy teacher. He tries and suceeds in most cases with doing as little as possible. He s almost as idle as his his pupils who are typical, bored teanagers. As the book moves on I found myself almost supporting the the author, I was in his corner, fighting for him to keep his job against all the odds. The book has some very funny moments.. I laughed out loud a few times. I really do hope we get another book from this author . 10 out of 10 and a gold star.
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This took me back many years to my schooldays. There I was at my desk totally distracted and disinterested. It was written by Phil Church who is a teacher, and I hope a better one than his main character.It is quite funny but also believable and although tongue in cheek and exaggerated, I'm sure a lot of it goes on and probably loosely partly based on real characters
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Really enjouyed reading this book about a term in an English Secondary School. The kids are out of control and the teachers are failing. Can they turn it all around for the OFSTED inspection? And the end of term play?
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I was initially grabbed by the infinite possibilities that the blurb suggested and Thrift did not disappoint. Its comic element is so effective due to its accuracy. The caricature of a bad attitude teacherand a narcissistic, shallow management team versus a realistically portrayed (oh yes!) gaggle of teenage schoolchildren makes for hilarious and all too possible reading.

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
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Mostly, I really liked this. I did actually laugh out loud at a couple of bits - unusual for me when reading a book. At first I thought it was like a sort of modern day Lucky Jim, but then I realised it was more like reading several episodes of Peep Show (hence the Mitchell & Webb reference). I thought it lost its way a little bit in the middle (ie, got a bit TOO outlandish) but that was only a brief falter. I loved the mockery of such daft phrases as 'independent learning' (for letting the pupils just get on with it, unsupervised) and the use of the word 'journey' for anything other than a physical removal from place A to place B (a personal loathe!). I know nothing of current teaching practices or the problems teachers face these days, but I am sure it's a magnificent send-up of both.

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!
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Thrift

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!
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Thrift is a witty, lighthearted and fun tale about a lazy, uncaring, inept highschool teacher who is all about drifting with minimal effort expended. Despite having more than his fair share of flaws, our character is still very likeable, and I think it's his realness and believability that makes him impossible to hate. When we begin the story, we find that our man, the worst english teacher ever to walk the earth, has all but given up on his unruly, disrespectful and mostly pretty stupid students ever being able to learn anything. Despite this man's failings, and the lazy, self serving attitude that we see on the surface, Phil Church manages to subtly hint at another man, a man who has real potential. His exterior hide a jaded but ultimately nice guy, who has a difficult relationship with his family, few real friends, and who somehow got lost along his life path. We follow him through a string of various disasters, including his reluctant dates with Angela, his very short stint as a detective, a journalist, and a best man, a school play that might just be the worst in history, and a very close shave with Ofsted! I loved the story from start to finish, it was not only subtle and funny, but very well written, something that is rare from self published first timers. Phil Church's offering needs no editing whatsoever - he's good to go. I would really love for him to bring out a sequel, as when I reached the end, I found that I really wanted more, and I feel that this character has a lot more life to draw from. I recommend everyone to go read this right now, available from Amazon for a low price, and I will definitely be buying his next book as soon as it comes out! Phil Church is a five star author for sure.
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