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The Little Village School

Narrated by: Gervase Phinn
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

She was wearing red shoes! With silver heels! Elisabeth Devine causes quite a stir on her arrival in the village. No one can understand why the head of a big inner city school would want to come to sleepy little Barton-in-the-Dale, to a primary with more problems than school dinners. And that's not even counting the challenges the mysterious Elisabeth herself will face: a bitter former head teacher, a grumpy caretaker, and a duplicitous chair of governors, to name but a few. Then there's the gossip. After all, a woman who would wear red shoes to an interview is obviously capable of anything….

Warm, funny and poignant, Gervase Phinn's first novel for adults creates a fictional world that's as real as can be. It will delight all his fans, and win him many more.

©2011 Gervase Phinn (P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton

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Quite A Joy!

What a joy to listen to. The performance is perfect. Its fun and quite funny in parts. The story is on local characters and their activities. It would fit nicely into the Young Adults section and is not unlike the Miss Read books.

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  • Ann Watson
  • 01-12-2013

Gentle and enjoyable, but not riveting

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, I would never presume to do such a thing.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was quite obvious where the story was going from quite early on, but this was no detriment to the story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Was The Little Village School worth the listening time?

Yes, I enjoyed the story and the characters, many of which can be found in any Yorkshire village (the gossips, the judgmental, the troublemaker etc.). It is a departure from Gervase's autobiographical books. Here he has entered the realms of fiction based on his school experiences and has produced a fully rounded story of village life centred on the new headmistress. We are slowly introduced to the character of Elizabeth through her sympathetic dealings with the village children in her charge, her relationship with the School Governors and Education officers, some of whom are for her and some against. Her own private reasons for moving to this small village school in the Yorkshire Dales from a prestigious city school are also revealed.

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  • Carissa
  • 15-05-2012

The Little Village School

As always Gervase Phinn is EXCELLENT!!!! Brilliantly written & read! If you want a good laugh listen to this!!!!! Brilliant blunt Yorkshire humour!

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  • Natalie Ellis
  • 22-07-2015

An enjoyable 'read'

An excellent book and engaging storytelling by the wonderful Gervase Phinn. A funny insight into school life

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  • Heather
  • 16-04-2013

classic gervase, heartwarming yorkshire tale

The little village school is gervase writing at his best. Yet another gervase phinn book which the whole family can enjoy. His simplistic style and amazing voice bring the book to life. My only criticism is that he has used some paragraphs eg. The bit about the crematorium from his autobiographies nearly word for word- saying that im gervase phinn obsessed so know his books nearly off by heart but if you didn't its no problem. My favourite author.

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  • tony
  • 04-09-2018

A right grand story.

Gradly The story captures village life in Yorkshire. Mr Phinn is a treat to listen to.

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  • Mrs AE CASE
  • 31-07-2020

An enjoyable read

An enjoyable read filled with happiness, tinged with sadness but all in all an enjoyable book.

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  • Marian
  • 06-07-2020

Easy listening

Like all Gervase Phinn books, this was full of humour and the blunt and direct way of speaking that the children he writes about adopt. I enjoyed all of the digressions, but the main plot was very predictable. This didn't stop me listening to it all as the whole narrative was soothing and as comfortable as an old pair of slippers and a steaming mug of hot chocolate in the troubled times of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2019

Brilliant story

Can’t wait to listen to another one! Makes my day go by quickly whilst I clean clients properties!!

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  • Glenys Robinson
  • 20-06-2019

lovely book

l so enjoyed this story and cannot wait to read the next one on the series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-2018

Beautiful book

Enjoyed this book so much, the village school series are the best escape books, laughed and cried, wonderful characters, did not want the book to end