As the new school year begins, Jack Sheffield prepares for an even more eventful year than usual. A new teacher is appointed, and before long tongues start to wag.
Meanwhile, five-year old Madona Fazackerly makes her mark in an unexpected way, life changes dramatically for Ruby the caretaker and, in the village Coffee Shop, Dorothy Humpleby plans a dirty weekend.
It’s 1983 - the era of the new CD player, Microsoft Word, the McDonalds McNugget, cabbage patch dolls, the threat of a miners’ strike and a final farewell to the halfpenny piece.
Jack has to manage a year of triumph and tragedy…
School and village life is painted with compassion and an exquisite sense of detail, deftly balancing humour and tragedy.
A wonderful, nostalgic trip to the era of Cabbage Patch dolls and the introduction of CD players.