As the new school year begins, Jack Sheffield prepares for an even more eventful year than usual.It's 1983 - the era of the new CD player, Microsoft Word, the McDonalds McNugget, cabbage patch dolls, the threat of a miners' strike and a final farewell to the halfpenny piece.
As the new school year begins, Jack Sheffield prepares for an even more eventful year than usual. A new teacher is appointed, and before long tongues start to wag.
Meanwhile, five-year old Madona Fazackerly makes her mark in an unexpected way, life changes dramatically for Ruby the caretaker and, in the village Coffee Shop, Dorothy Humpleby plans a dirty weekend.
It's 1983 - the era of the new CD player, Microsoft Word, the McDonalds McNugget, cabbage patch dolls, the threat of a miners' strike and a final farewell to the halfpenny piece.
Jack has to manage a year of triumph and tragedy...
Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and gew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate in north-east Leeds. After training to be a teacher, he became a headteacher in two North Yorkshire schools before becoming a Senior Lecturer at Bretton Hall College. It was at this time that he began to record his many amusing stories of Yorkshire village life, which tell the life of a head teacher in the fictional village of Ragley-on-the-Forest. He now lives in York and Hampshire.
A wonderful, nostalgic trip to the era of Cabbage Patch dolls and the introduction of CD players. Good Book Guide School and village life is painted with compassion and an exquisite sense of detail, deftly balancing humour and tragedy. Choice magazine
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