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Thrift by [Church, Phil]
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A failing secondary school, a selection of confused teenagers, a play doomed for disaster and a distinctly below average teacher.

Being a successful teacher is difficult, especially when you are not overly keen on doing any work.

Still, the narrator of Thrift is undeterred as he lies and cheats his way through the Christmas term, hoping that he can save his career, and perhaps even earn himself a thoroughly undeserved promotion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Publisher: Phil Church (Sept. 3 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L9VJYQ
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9badc57c) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc06048) out of 5 stars How to brilliantly capture the life of a teacher Sept. 12 2011
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc0609c) out of 5 stars Preposterously lazy English teacher! July 11 2012
By JeriWB - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

Other aspects of the plot are seemingly random, yet related to establishing the aimlessness of the main character, not to mention the roommate's seemingly random departure toward the end. His inability to ward off a potential love interest is in keeping with his passive personality, and the landlady at the local pub also finds him attractive (in a creepy way). Despite all that lady love, his character never comes across as particularly handsome or charismatic. A brief stint as a private investigator, bachelor party supervisor, and best man at his brother's wedding had the potential to deepen the plot, but unfortunately did not circle back to fully shedding light into why he's such a lazy bum.

A minor character named Rab added a delightful literary depth to the story since he acted as the voice of public opinion toward teachers. In true passive fashion the narrator never stands up for himself or his profession, which isn't surprising, but utterly a let-down for the story. The desire to want to be successful is inherent in all of us, but along the way that drive often gets distorted in the most heartbreaking ways.

A sequel appears to be in the works and it is my hope that the author can do more to justify his protagonist's sluggish propensities in addition to clarifying what exactly it is that the character wants, even if that want is truly just to skate by.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc06378) out of 5 stars Thrift will make you laugh and smile Oct. 8 2011
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc06270) out of 5 stars Misadventures without development aren't my favorites Nov. 18 2012
By Henk-Jan van der Klis - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc0645c) out of 5 stars Scarily believable Aug. 23 2012
By Madeline - Published on Amazon.com
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The only thing I don't like about this book is the cover design, but as my copy is on kindle, that doesn't matter a bit. This teacher is all too believable (assuming we are talking about fiction here, and not pretending it is a documentary!) There are many people in the wrong jobs, who take the line of least resistance. Here we have a school full of them, teachers and kids alike. I never laughed aloud reading this, but I smiled all the way through. I liked the way the author used the ungrammatical 'we were sat drinking tea' as it shows that we are, I think, in the north of England where that is common usage, and also that the narrator of the book appears to have gone through teacher training without ever learning more standard grammar!
I felt Angela could have appeared more often, to be more scary. I was not as relieved at her exit from the book as the hero was.
I also would have liked a better reason for our hero to opt out of attending the rehearsals entirely, and one to explain why the Head could think that getting a class of nincompoops to do Shakespeare under the direction of a poor teacher was going to be impressive!
But in the genre of "In one bound our hero was free" literature, I really enjoyed this story, and will buy its sequel. I want to know what happens next.