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Thrift [Kindle Edition]

Phil Church
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A failing secondary school, a selection of confused teenagers, a play doomed for disaster and a distinctly below average teacher.

Being a successful teacher is difficult, especially when you are not overly keen on doing any work.

Still, the narrator of Thrift is undeterred as he lies and cheats his way through the Christmas term, hoping that he can save his career, and perhaps even earn himself a thoroughly undeserved promotion.

Product Details

  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Church (September 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L9VJYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misadventures without development aren't my favorites November 18, 2012
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Subtitled The Misadvententures of an Indadequate Teacher says enough. Thrift by Phil Church is a kind of story I kept wondering about. What's the reason for writing this? Why telling this? Nothing really happens, no developments. A teacher can't control his class, is accused of being homosexual, but doesn't really care, is asked to direct a Hamlet play, without really being engaged. The book's stuffed with quotes from books and songwriters, art forms I care about much. But this book wasn't my cup of tea.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to brilliantly capture the life of a teacher September 12, 2011
By Anna
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Thrift is a funny, yet realistic examination of the battle between the modern teacher and the average 'like' British 'like' teenager. However, if you thought teenagers were bad, wait until you meet the teachers who are so self absorbed that they genuinely believe they are the reason students make it through their learning journey 'toot toot'. And of course it also couldn't be a good British book without a few pub scenes as well. A thoroughly enjoyable read that often had me in stitches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Preposterously lazy English teacher! July 11, 2012
By JeriWB
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What happens when a preposterously lazy English teacher gets picked to direct the school play? Absolutely nothing. Thrift by Phil Church chronicles the semi-comical encounters of one teacher's attempt to squeak by on minimal effort and false pretense in a school system where apathy is the norm from students, teachers, and administrators alike.

The amazing thing about this book is how much effort the narrator puts into being lazy. While the characterization may be excellent on that point, it also serves as the book's downfall. The protagonist spends a lot of time drinking coffee and munching biscuits (cookies to those of us in the United States). He also makes a habit of avoiding conflict with his students to the detriment of classroom discipline. Some motivation is provided for his actions upon learning his father and brother are much more successful than him, and his fun-loving mother has made herself emotionally unavailable. It's natural for readers to want to see an emotional progression from the main character, but the lackadaisical teacher at the heart of this book makes no such journey.

Certain aspects of the plot ring true. Phil Church does an outstanding job capturing the inanity of classroom discussions that often go awry. But just when the reader thinks the man doesn't have a clue, hints are given that he has developed the awareness to read students' body language and he comes up with an interactive pre-reading assignment for Lord of the Flies. As a fellow educator, I could definitely relate to the notion that some of the most ineffective teachers are often the ones picked for promotion due factors that have little to do with being committed to education.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrift will make you laugh and smile October 8, 2011
By Andy
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Full of very rich characters who make it easy to get caught up in the narrator's world. The main character constantly makes mistakes and spends most of his time giving up and going to the pub but his charming narrative and hilarious quips draw you in to find out what other fine mess he's going to get himself into next. You'll be glad you didn't go to Radley Hill school but Thrift will make you laugh and smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaning and funny, typical British June 26, 2012
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A very British book, that's a good thing! The typical British humor makes this a very nice book. The craziness of some characters and maybe even more, the way others deal with it.. Hilarious! It's a book that fits very well in these times. Enjoy the insane and foolish situations the main character loses himself in.

Life is more than work but work (school) is also the glue that keeps it all together, sort of..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read July 1, 2014
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A good and funny book. The characters were interesting and conspicuous without being overbearingly corny or unrealistic. Perfect for light reading on a lazy day
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I really enjoyed this funny book about a teacher who is in way over his head. His students don't seem to like him, and he can't really control them, but the fun really begins when he is put in charge of the school play. Having always ducked responsibilities and avoided politics, but once he is thrust into the middle of it all, everything goes wrong. Adding to that is a problematic roommate, a disastrous series of dates, and a few other strange situations.

Thrift is decidedly British in its humour -- it reminded me of Adrian Mole and Shaun of the Dead. Phil Church delivers passages that had me doubled over laughing, reading them out loud, much to the annoyance of others around me. I still don't understand why it's called Thrift, though -- either I missed something or it was never made explicit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious....A Must Read! February 28, 2014
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This book provides a much needed antidote to AARP and other "serious" educational initiatives. Phil Church is spot on in his describing contemporary school life as seen by a jaded teacher. He captures the sights, sounds, smells, smirks, sighs and sobs of the staff room. He is equally accurate in his pithy portrayals of the hormonally challenged students. I laughed out loud throughout the day as I read.

This book should be required reading for teachers past, present and future! I would give it ten stars if I could!

I am eagerly awaiting the publication of the sequel.....Authority.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A time waster
Good to wile away a few hours
Published 1 month ago by Keith Withers
3.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted read but not literature
Taken at the surface level this is a funny story about a useless secondary school teacher who seeks promotion by cheating, bribing the children and generally bunking off as often... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ignite
4.0 out of 5 stars Very British and very funny!
It took me a while to get into the very dry humor, but once I did, I was all laughs and smiles!

This tells the story of a teacher who is trying to teach literature to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark Abrams
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Who Can't...Teach
"To be or like not to be."

There are plenty of stories about great fictional teachers, from Mr. Read more
Published on March 15, 2013 by Pope Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrift
Thrift is funny, realistic, keeps you on toe and cannot stop read it until finish............ Nice rainy afternoon spent. Love it
Published on October 29, 2012 by nila
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious
I honestly can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so hard. Church has created a flawed yet ultimately so relatable and loveable character in his hapless, nameless... Read more
Published on October 26, 2012 by James C. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and very funny.
I really enjoyed this book. Phil Church paints a tragically comic picture of a school where little goes right and where mutual misunderstanding is the order of the day. Read more
Published on October 5, 2012 by Martin Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and genuinely funny
I'm so glad I bought this book as its entertainment value is way above its modest price. I've worked supporting special needs students in three inner city schools and, though the... Read more
Published on September 16, 2012 by Flick-M
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent portrayal of inadequacy, in school and in the outside...
A wonderful read, initially engendering some irritation at the sheer indolent, ambition-free, apathetic approach to life of the book's characters, then the realization that this... Read more
Published on September 1, 2012 by Kim
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More About the Author

Phil Church is a writer and teacher living in Cambridge, UK. His books are hopefully humorous.

Thrift was first published in 2011 and is the fictional story of a failing secondary school teacher. It was inspired by (but not based on) his own experiences.

Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea was published in 2013 and is the story of a supermarket manager who attempts to catch a murderer in his village.


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