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Length: 174 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Church (September 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L9VJYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

@philchurch77

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna on September 12, 2011
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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 By JeriWB on July 11, 2012
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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 By Andy on October 8, 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henk-Jan van der Klis on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KristofH on 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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By Pope Mel on March 15, 2013
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"To be or like not to be."

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.
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