Narvel Annable 




Reviews of Heanor Schooldays

"Vivid and detailed memories of a 1950's childhood. Sensitively written, Narvel explores the vagaries of the educational system which helped to develop his character and prepare him for adulthood. This is an important snapshot of social history, and the author brings it to life with recollections of strict discipline, bullying and extreme forms of punishment. A rollercoaster of emotions."

Pauline Oldrini, Ripley and Heanor News and Belper News 05.11.98



"Mr Annable mixes anecdote with comment to provide an important record of changes made in education as seen from the sides of both pupil and teacher."

Geoff Hammerton, Derby Evening Telegraph 04.12.98



"This autobiographic book charts a gritty history and weaves a graphic tapestry of Derbyshire school life 40 years ago. It is littered with colourful characters, interesting facts and first-hand accounts."

David Mark, Nottingham Evening Post 27.10.98



"Narvel Annable has managed to do what most authors never could; that is, to make a book about his schooldays a thoroughly enjoyable read.
"In his unique style he gives us a history of people and institutions. He gives us his views on education, past and present, and we are treated to a fascinating glimpse of a school-life in the fifties and sixties, complete with all its sorrows and joys. You do not have to remember those days to enjoy this book: you do not have to be an educationalist to enjoy this book: but if you are in either group, or both, you will enjoy it all the more - and so will your children."

His Honour Judge Keith Matthewman QC, November 1998



"Thoroughly enjoyable and a privilege to read. He writes in such an enthusiastic way and keeps one enthralled to the very end of the book. Indeed, I wish it would have not ended!"

David Tye, Oban Divers Caravan Park, Laggan, Glenshellach, Argyle, Scotland PA34 4QJ 12.05.02



Heanor Schooldays was on the 1998 list of 'Recommended Publications' by the Campaign for Real Education at 18 Westlands Grove, Stockton Lane, York YO3 0EF



Heanor Schooldays can be obtained from bookshops or directly from the author by sending a cheque for £8.00 to -
44 Dovedale Crescent, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1HJ.








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