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The School Inspector Calls! Audiobook

The School Inspector Calls!

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Publisher's Summary

The third Little Village School novel.

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.

Head teacher 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.

©2013 Gervase Phinn (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Amazon Customer 09/11/2014
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    "Book three of three"
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    Wish I had known this was the third book in the series. A good story however but would have been better if I had listened to the two previous books. I was left up in the air about what was to happen to some of the characters at the end of the book. I assume all will be revealed in the next book (or at least some of it).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Flint 08/12/2014
    Flint 08/12/2014
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    "This is one that I will read again."
    If you could sum up The School Inspector Calls! in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, honest, captivating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The School Inspector Calls!?

    The boy and the dog


    Have you listened to any of Gervase Phinn’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is good, I like this series of books and this is as good as the others I've read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, that would be a bit of a marathon


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    v j goord 29/10/2014
    v j goord 29/10/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "A enjoyable story told with geuine warmth"
    What made the experience of listening to The School Inspector Calls! the most enjoyable?

    The authors love of his characters brought depth to an otherwise very simple tale of every day village life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The School Inspector Calls!?

    The relationship between the head teacher and her brightess pupil is beautifully written.


    What does Gervase Phinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As with any conversation based text the reader brings the characters to life in a way reading can never quite capture. Gervase does a wonderful job here.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Dixon GB 17/05/2016
    D. Dixon GB 17/05/2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Absolutely brilliant. Funny, interesting, poignant! A thoroughly good listen.
    Well done Mr Phinn. Kept us listening for several evenings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wendy 21/03/2016
    wendy 21/03/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "like a warm cup of tea on a cold day.....smashing"

    again another lovely story by Mr Phinn, brilliantly read by the author. so easy to listen too and enjoy. heart warming Yorkshire class.

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    GALE BOYER 07/01/2016
    GALE BOYER 07/01/2016
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    "brilliant "

    loved the whole series and all the characters both sad and funny a earlier book to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom 09/10/2015
    Claire Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom 09/10/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely stories with enough content"
    If you could sum up The School Inspector Calls! in three words, what would they be?

    Lots to like


    What other book might you compare The School Inspector Calls! to, and why?

    I don't know, but its a great story about life in a village with all its ups and downs


    Have you listened to any of Gervase Phinn’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, great


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes, I laughed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom 10/05/2015
    Mrs Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom 10/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Laugh out loud"
    If you could sum up The School Inspector Calls! in three words, what would they be?

    Easy listen. Totally chill out stuff. Larger than life characters, wonderfully stereotypical but great fun. In a way totally predictable storyline but sometimes that's nice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. Brilliant.


    What about Gervase Phinn’s performance did you like?

    I love his delivery and how his accent effortlessly changes from one character to the other. The accents bring this book to life. I can visualise every single one of the characters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh out loud on numerous occasions and a few tears too


    Any additional comments?

    Whenever I want cheering up .....This is the third in the series and I love them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 07/02/2015
    Dorothy 07/02/2015
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    "Another brilliant book by Gervase Phinn."

    Brilliant, as always. A cracking story told perfectly by the author. I couldn't help tears falling at the end of this book and I very much look forward to the next in the series. Gervase Phinn is a writer of gentle stories about village life in the Dales. They are written with wit, empathy, sorrow and happiness in equal measure. His endings are exactly as you want them to be and that leaves you happy and wanting more. The characters in these books are like friends. I miss them when a book comes to an end and wish the next one in the series was available now. I hope it won't be too long a wait for his next one carrying on from where this book ended. There is a lot of mileage left in this series. If you enjoy TV programmes like Where the Heart Is and Ballykissangel, then you will love these beautifully written and narrated books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark A Wilson-Thomas
    11/03/16
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    "Wonderful!"

    A gentle and moving tale of life in a small Yorkshire village told with giid humour and keen observation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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