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Jack Sheffield delights with the ups and downs of village life in another year at Ragley-on-the-Forest school

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…

Reviews

School and village life is painted with compassion and an exquisite sense of detail, deftly balancing humour and tragedy.

Choice magazine

A wonderful, nostalgic trip to the era of Cabbage Patch dolls and the introduction of CD players.

Good Book Guide

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  • Paperback

    9780552167031

    October 15, 2013

    Corgi

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448110728

    January 17, 2013

    Transworld Digital

    336 pages

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