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A Young Lady's Miscellany

'A magical transformation of memory's rags and patches into a coherent story: a wonderful account, perhaps the best I've ever read, of a female coming into her own.' Tony Connor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
What's a girl of fourteen to do when she finds herself alone in the world with no one to guide her? Why, follow the Victorian self-help guide, 'A Young Lady's Miscellany', of course! The trouble is, the advice it offers proves less than helpful in a contemporary context. Muddling through, often with disastrous results, she finds a friend in her recently widowed grandmother, the door to whose small house is always open. Inept at any job she is able to get and pursued by a slew of unsuitable suitors, she must instead spend a decade navigating her own miscellany in order to come of age.

A Blindefellows Chronicle

At midday on 31st August, Sedgewick, the new history master, arrives at Blindefellows, former charity school for poor, blind boys, now a second division private school for anyone who can pay. The naive newcomer is quickly taken under the wing of the rumbustious, philandering Japes, master of physics, who soon becomes something of a mentor, though not in an academic sense. A Blindefellows Chronicle follows the adventures of Sedgewick, Japes and a handful of other unmarried faculty at an obscure West Country boarding school including the closeted headmaster, Reverend Hareton, stalwart Matron Ridgeway and loathsome librarian, Fairchild.

“A sprightly, inventive novel, rich in amusing characters and situations. I enjoyed every word of it.” Tony Connor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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Let The Swine Go Forth
Out of the blue, failed actor turned drama teacher, Tristram Randolph, has greatness thrust upon him in the form of the top job at a new school in the dysfunctional capital of a despotic post-Soviet state. Swineforth International, a franchise of a third rate public school in England, is out in the desert and there's no escape as the foreign faculty have had their passports retained. To make matters worse, Randolph and his motley crew of teachers, each of whom embodies one of the seven deadly sins, ultimately fall victim to their own vices. Things come to a head when a revolution breaks out, the school is shut down and Randolph is accused of aiding and abetting the rebellion. His only hope now lies in winning a presidential pardon by giving the performance of a lifetime...