Here’s a lovely gentle read, The school inspector calls, from Yorkshireman Gervaise Phinn, who captures a nostalgic view of school and village life in the 80’s.
Summer has arrived in Barton-in-the-Dale and as a new term begins at the little primary school, it’s not just the warm weather that’s getting people hot under the collar. Meetings with the teachers from Urebank School to discuss the merger are producing more than a few fireworks, a disruptive new pupil arrives, set to cause trouble, and a surprising staff love affair is exposed. There’s also a big school production of The Wizard of Oz to organise as well as an impending visit from the Minister of Education. Headteacher Elisabeth Devine certainly has her work cut out for her. And that’s just some of the drama set to shake-up the village. Throw in a sprinkling of secrets, shocking revelations, old flames, new liaisons, psychics, weddings and misfortune. There’s plenty to gossip about this term.
The author’s written lots of non-fiction set in the Yorkshire Dales, based on his experiences as a teacher and school inspector.
This one is his third novel in the ‘Little Village School’ series.