Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tears and Smiles with Teacher's Tale ; BOOKS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tears and Smiles with Teacher's Tale ; BOOKS

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Please, Miss Bernadette Robinson (Hodder, Pounds 6.99) EARLIER this Greater Manschool EARLIER this week a study found that almost half of teachers in Greater Manchester take food into school for hungry pupils. Bernadette Robinson's memoir of her career as a primary school teacher shows that in 50 years, not much has changed.

for hun-When she turned up at her first school in a deprived area of Liverpool in the early Sixties, she was shocked at the poverty and as well as giving breakfast to her tough but adorable pupils, vowed to hand them a good start in life, too.

Please, Miss brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye but mostly a smile to the lips as Bernadette - who now lives happily in retirement in Macclesfield - evokes memories of school days long gone and details her own roller coaster personal life.

But mainly it is a gloriously entertaining read, full of period detail and humour - and it reinforces the fact that for the best educators, teaching is a vocation, not just a job.

Paul Ogden One Hundred Names Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins, Pounds 14.99, ebook Pounds 5.99) Cecelia Ahern back catalogue IRISH author Cecelia Ahern adds to her impressive back catalogue of engaging, successful chick-lit with her ninth novel, One Hundred Names.

novel, One Hundred Names.

Set in Dublin, it is the tale of Kitty Logan, an overly ambitious journalist trying to repair her wrecked career. When her editor and mentor Constance dies from cancer, Kitty is tasked with finishing her last story as a tribute, but all Constance leaves is a list of 100 mysterious names.

The ensuing quest to find these people and puzzle out their link is the trunk of the novel but Ahern throws in gentle criticism of modern journalism and public backlash through Kitty's personal life to develop a rounded story.

There is plenty of humour and heartbreak, but Ahern avoids cloying sentimentality by focusing on character, just as Kitty learns to do.

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