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‘[Gervase Phinn is] a worthy successor to James Herriott, and every bit as endearing.’ – Bestselling author Alan Titchmarsh

She was wearing red shoes! With silver heels!

Elisabeth Devine causes quite a stir on her arrival in the village. No one can understand why the head of a big inner city school would want to come to sleepy little Barton-in-the-Dale, to a primary with more problems than school dinners. And that’s not even counting the challenges the mysterious Elisabeth herself will face: a bitter former head teacher, a grumpy caretaker and a duplicitous chair of governors, to name but a few.

Then there’s the gossip. After all, a woman who would wear red shoes to an interview is obviously capable of anything . . .

Warm, funny and poignant, Gervase Phinn’s first novel creates a fictional world that’s as real as can be. It will delight all his fans, and win him many more.

Readers are loving THE LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL!

‘A jolly good read.’ – 5 STARS

‘Superb, easy reading.’ – 5 STARS

‘I completely fell in love with all the characters in this book.’ – 5 STARS

‘Will definitely go on to read more of Gervase Phinn’s works.’ – 5 STARS

‘Wonderful storytelling, believable characters.’ – 5 STARS

Reviews

PRAISE FOR GERVASE PHINN:
A worthy successor to James Herriott, and every bit as endearing.
bestselling author Alan Titchmarsh
When Gervase Phinn receives his peerage for services to good-heartedness, this will be the motto on his coat of arms: "Ex silvis sed non supra montem." . . . This entertaining and moving homework earns a good few merit marks. Gervase Phinn is not going downhill yet, by a long chalk on a blackboard.
Independent
Good old-fashioned yarn-spinning
The Bookbag
This heartwarming tale makes ideal holiday reading
News of the World
As Yorkshire's favourite school inspector turns to fiction you can enjoy memorable characters and turns of phrase.
Choice
Written with all the humour and warmth one has come to expect from this master storyteller.
Countryman
Packed with delightful and authentic characters, juicy gossip, precarious romance and good old-fashioned village drama, this is a warm-hearted and hilarious account of a struggling school in a small community
The Good Book Guide

The Little Village School Series