Educating Jack
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Educating Jack

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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,. Price William's birth, Fame legwarmers and the puzzling introduction of the 20p piece. Meanwhile, for Jack, the biggest surprise of his life is in store...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 0552162213
  • 9780552162210
  • 121,302

About Jack Sheffield

Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and grew up in Leeds. After a job as a 'pitch boy', repairing roofs, he became a Corona Pop Man before going to St John's College , York , and training to be a teacher. In the late seventies and eighties he was a headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Education. It was at this time that he began to record his many amusing stories of village life which form the basis of his popular 'Teacher' novels. He lives in York and Hampshire.show more

Back cover copy

As September 1982 arrives, Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his sixth year as headteacher. Itâs the time of E.T. and Greenham Common, Prince Williamâs birth, Fame leg warmers and the puzzling introduction of the new 20p piece. 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 schoolâs Nativity play. Meanwhile, for Jack, the biggest surprise of his life is in storeâ¦show more

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149 ratings
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4 31% (46)
3 18% (27)
2 5% (7)
1 3% (4)

Our customer reviews

Once again we are taken to the beautiful English village of Ragley-on-the-Forest where we encounter our by now familiar friends Jack the head teacher of the village school and his wife Beth head teacher of Hartingdale Primary School. We reconnect with Vera the indomitable school secretary, Ruby the cleaner, teachers Anne, Jo and Sally and their families. There is also the myriad of personalities encountered in communities the world over, those who creep into our hearts and engender that sense of inherent protectiveness for the vulnerable, counterbalanced by that sense of self-righteous outrage for those who dare to stomp all over those emotions and principle's held precious by the community as a whole. Jack Sheffield once again reminds us of those long forgotten 80s, the news, the songs, the fads. Those things that were monumentally important at that time that have now faded into the realms of the distant past. All is not always rosy in the garden as the unfairness of life and its harshness is also encountered with sensitivity and empathy. Present throughout the book is a sense of humour that invites us to once again return to Ragley and share in the sorrows and joys of its endearing citizens.show more
by Deborah Gilroy
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