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Debbie McGowan is an author and publisher based in a semi-rural corner of Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven fiction, covering life, love, relationships - the whole shazam. A working class girl, she ‘ran away’ to London at 17, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At 25, she went back to college to study social science - tough with two toddlers, but they had a ‘stay at home’ dad, so it worked itself out. These days, the toddlers are young women (much to their chagrin), and Debbie teaches undergraduate students, writes novels and runs an independent publishing company, occasionally grabbing an hour of sleep where she can!
on Sep. 24, 2014 :
4 stars from me
Well, well, well, where do I start with reviewing this book?!
What a refreshing read it was, so different from anything that I've read for a long while and (as I currently work in a school) so very obviously written by a teacher as the observations of daily school life were absolutely spot on!
This is a short book, a novella, that can easily be read in an afternoon and is easy to dip in an out of as the chapters often signify a change of time or place.
It is quite hard hitting as a couple of the chapters do refer to child abuse, which I wasn't expecting. I guess this is by way of background for the future books in the series but for me it came a little from the left field as the book up until that point had been startlingly realistic yet quite light.
Having said that, the subject was sensitively handled (in my opinion) and was suggested at rather than being horrifically graphic and it really is only touched upon in a couple of places, it isn't the main focus of the book.
Moving on from that as I don't want to put anyone off reading it, just wanted to nod to the fact that it's there, the realism with the books is absolutely brilliant. The observations of school life and childrens' behaviour touches on being amusing and I'm pretty sure anyone who has worked in a school would absolutely love it!
(reviewed long after purchase)