Thursday, 9 February 2012

FICTION REVIEW: Educating Jack - Jack Sheffield

Release Date: 19/01/12


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.

Meanwhile, for Jack, the biggest surprise of his life is in store...


Jack is an author who is loved by many teachers as he brings not only the life of a fictional primary school to life but also brings a lot of his own experience into the tale that make it compelling reading. It’s clever, it’s witty and it also has a charm that makes it so hard to put down.

Add to this a wonderful sense of timing, alongside an author who knows how to tug at heart strings and bring it altogether and it’s a story that really was a lot of fun even though it’s the seventh book in the series. All in, cracking fun and if you can’t wait for the next tale, then perhaps you might like to try some of Gervase Phinn’s own anecdotes.

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