- File Size: 526 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publisher: Phil Church (September 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005L9VJYQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Life is more than work but work (school) is also the glue that keeps it all together, sort of..
There are plenty of stories about great fictional teachers, from Mr. Chips to Albus Dumbledore; inspiring tales of educators who work tirelessly to pass their knowledge on to their bright, young, eager students.
This is not one of those stories.
Here's a tale about a bored and burned-out teacher who does little to inspire his apathetic students. True, he derives little inspiration from the students themselves. They'd rather be listening to music, texting and eating sweets than listening to Victorian poetry and learning about Shakespeare.
"If Shakespeare is so great, why is he dead?" asks one girl.
And the school administration provides no support. They're only interested in looking good in the newspaper and in front of visiting inspectors. In fact, the Headmaster firmly believes that Hamlet is a comedy.
The best strategy seems to be lie low, don't attract attention to yourself and do as little work as possible.
The teacher in this book tries to do exactly that, yet somehow, he has been pegged to direct this year's school play. He wastes no time putting a student in charge of the production, then skips off to the pub, returning to rehearsals as little as humanly possible. It may be time to pay the piper, however, as the night of the play draws near, and he discovers that the students are planning a performance that's "a lot like Hamlet", only it's an "all-action, musical extravaganza."
In addition to the "coming dramatic fiasco" plot, there are more delights to enjoy, as the teacher (if he had a name, I somehow missed it...) and his flatmate, Malcolm, attempt a variety of money-making schemes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good and funny book. The characters were interesting and conspicuous without being overbearingly corny or unrealistic. Perfect for light reading on a lazy dayPublished 19 months ago by sunshine
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... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cheryl DeWolfe
This book provides a much needed antidote to AARP and other "serious" educational initiatives. Read morePublished 23 months ago by janet howard
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 morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Ignite
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
Thrift is funny, realistic, keeps you on toe and cannot stop read it until finish............ Nice rainy afternoon spent. Love itPublished on October 29, 2012 by nila
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 morePublished on October 26, 2012 by James C. Campbell
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 morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Martin Lake