It’s the summer and you may be thinking of relaxing with a good book! Have you thought of looking at what’s available in the Library’s Literature Collection? There are light hearted as well as more serious depictions of the educational experience.
Here’re my top 3 suggestions, if you haven’t already tried them;
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray: – a big, sprawling tragicomic novel set in a Dublin boys’ boarding school.
Spud by Paul van de Ruit: – although written for teenagers this romp, about Spud Milton’s adventures at a boys-only boarding school in 1990’s South Africa, can be enjoyed by everyone.
The Little Village School by Gervase Phinn. Written in the same warm, funny style as his memoirs of being a School Inspector in Rural Yorkshire, (Over Hill and Dale and The Other Side of the Dale -available in the Library’s Main Collection), this is the story of Elizabeth Devine, who arrives in Barton-in-the-Dale, to begin working as the head of the Little Village primary school.
Or maybe some old favourites?
Lucky Jim by Kinsley Amis, Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses by David Lodge and Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe.
Be careful where you read these books, as laughing aloud on public transport can garner you some strange looks!!!