Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?
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A funny, life-affirming memoir, in diary form. Set in the manic world of a busy teacher, and based on real experiences, Fran Hill's account of one typical year shows it's not just the pupils who misbehave. English teacher 'Miss' starts the Autumn term beleaguered by self-doubts. She's mid-menopause, insomniac, and Mirror and Bathroom Scales are blisteringly unsympathetic. Her pupils make her laugh, weep, fume and despair, often in the same lesson. Her unremitting workload blights family time and she feels guilty for missing church events to catch up on marking. After all, God-lady is watching. Meanwhile, the new Head of Department seems unreachable, an Ofsted inspection looms, her sixth formers (against school policy) insist on sitting in rows, and there's a school magazine to produce ... When childhood secrets demand attention Miss doesn't want to give them, life gets complicated.
The Victoria Wood of the classroom! * Adrian Plass * A fascinating, highly entertaining, vital insight into a teacher's life. Funny but heart-felt - Fran's riveting account of life in front of the class shows us a glimpse of the humanity and heart that goes into such a familiar but misunderstood role. A thoroughly recommended memoir. * Paul Kerensa, author and stand-up comedian * This day by day account by Fran Hill manages to be both enlightening and entertaining. In a world where demands seem to arrive from every quarter, many will identify with Fran's struggles to keep her teaching career, her marriage and her spiritual life on track. There are surprises along the way and amidst the knockabout humour, some telling spiritual lessons we can all draw from. -- Russ Bravo * Inspire Magazine *