Jack Sheffield - Author

About the Author

Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and grew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate, in North East Leeds. After a job as a 'pitch boy', repairing roofs, he became a Corona Pop Man before going to St John's College, York, and training to be a teacher. In the late 70s and 80s, he was a headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire before becoming Senior Lecturer in primary education at Bretton Hall near Wakefield. It was at this time he began to record his many amusing stories of village life. He lives in York and Hampshire.

Featured books by Jack Sheffield

Silent Night

Silent Night

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

1984 - and it's an important time for the children of Ragley-on-the Forest school...Their school choir is to sing a carol in a church in York, and is actually going to be on television! Helping to keep his excited children, not to mention their parents, under control during these momentous events taxes Jack and his staff to the limit. And at the same time, Jack has his own problems to deal with...

School's Out!

School's Out!

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

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.

Other books by Jack Sheffield

Starting Over

Starting Over

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/2018

Return to Ragley for Jack Sheffield's delightful eleventh novel - a nostalgic and humorous story set in the early 1950s. It's 1952 and Lily Briggs has just arrived in Ragley, ready to begin her first school year as a teacher at the village school. There to welcome her is John Pruett who, after his years in the war, has settled into the role of headmaster. Tom Feather, the local bobby, is also on hand to make her feel at home up north. But Lily has a secret lurking in her past that threatens the new life she's trying to build. Can she move forward and begin to love again? Only time will tell. In his eleventh novel, Jack Sheffield invites you to travel back in time. Back to the days when owning a television made you the envy of the neighbours, Woolworth's still had pride of place on the high street and the village panto was the height of entertainment... A beautifully crafted novel, filled with characters that will feel familiar to anyone who has spent time in an English village. Readers love Jack Sheffield: 'Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure' Alan Titchmarsh 'Overflowing with amusing anecdotes' Daily Express 'Amusing adventures at the North Yorkshire village school' Choice 'Jack Sheffield's in a class of his own' York Press

Happiest Days

Happiest Days

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Happiest Days, written and read by Jack Sheffield. It's 1986 and Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his tenth rollercoaster year as headteacher. It's the year of Margaret Thatcher's third election victory, Dynasty and shoulder pads, Neighbours and a Transformer for Christmas. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest School, a year of surprises is in store. Ruby the Caretaker find happiness at last, Vera the Secretary makes an important decision, a new teacher is appointed and a disaster threatens the school.Meanwhile Jack receives unexpected news, and is faced with the biggest decision of his career . . .Praise for Jack Sheffield: 'Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure' Alan Titchmarsh'Overflowing with amusing anecdotes' Daily Express'Amusing adventures at the North Yorkshire village school' Choice'Jack Sheffield's in a class of his own' York Press

Happiest Days

Happiest Days

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2017

It's 1986 and Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his tenth rollercoaster year as headteacher. It's the year of Margaret Thatcher's third election victory, Dynasty and shoulder pads, Neighbours and a Transformer for Christmas. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest School, a year of surprises is in store. Ruby the Caretaker find happiness at last, Vera the Secretary makes an important decision, a new teacher is appointed and a disaster threatens the school. Meanwhile Jack receives unexpected news, and is faced with the biggest decision of his career . . . Readers love Jack Sheffield: 'Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure' Alan Titchmarsh 'Overflowing with amusing anecdotes' Daily Express 'Amusing adventures at the North Yorkshire village school' Choice 'Jack Sheffield's in a class of his own' York Press

Star Teacher

Star Teacher

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Star Teacher by Jack Sheffield, read by Gordon Griffin.It's 1985, and as Jack returns for another year as headteacher at Ragley village school, some changes are in store.It's the year of Halley's Comet, Band Aid, Trivial Pursuit, Dynasty shoulder pads, Roland Rat and Microsoft Windows. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest, Heathcliffe Earnshaw decides to enter the village scarecrow competition, Ruby the caretaker finds romance, and retirement looms for Vera the secretary.Meanwhile, Jack has to battle with some rising stars of the teaching profession to save his job and his school . . .Readers love Jack Sheffield:'Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure' Alan Titchmarsh'Overflowing with amusing anecdotes' Daily Express'Amusing adventures at the North Yorkshire village school' Choice'Jack Sheffield's in a class of his own' York Press

Happiest Days

Happiest Days

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

It's 1986 and Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his tenth rollercoaster year as headteacher. It's the year of Margaret Thatcher's third election victory, Dynasty and shoulder pads, Neighbours and a Transformer for Christmas. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest School, a year of surprises is in store. Ruby the Caretaker find happiness at last, Vera the Secretary makes an important decision, a new teacher is appointed and a disaster threatens the school. Meanwhile Jack receives unexpected news, and is faced with the biggest decision of his career ...Readers love Jack Sheffield: Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure . (Alan Titchmarsh). Overflowing with amusing anecdotes . (Daily Express). Amusing adventures at the North Yorkshire village school . (Choice). Jack Sheffield's in a class of his own . (York Press).

Star Teacher

Star Teacher

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

It's 1985, and as Jack returns for another year as headteacher at Ragley village school, some changes are in store. It's the year of Halley's Comet, Band Aid, Trivial Pursuit, Dynasty shoulder pads, Roland Rat and Microsoft Windows. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest, Heathcliffe Earnshaw decides to enter the village scarecrow competition, Ruby the caretaker finds romance, and retirement looms for Vera the secretary. Meanwhile, Jack has to battle with some rising stars of the teaching profession to save his job and his school . . . Readers love Jack Sheffield: 'Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure' Alan Titchmarsh 'Overflowing with amusing anecdotes' Daily Express 'Amusing adventures at the North Yorkshire village school' Choice 'Jack Sheffield's in a class of his own' York Press

Silent Night

Silent Night

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

1984 - and it's an important time for the children of Ragley-on-the Forest school...Their school choir is to sing a carol in a church in York, and is actually going to be on television! Helping to keep his excited children, not to mention their parents, under control during these momentous events taxes Jack and his staff to the limit. And at the same time, Jack has his own problems to deal with...

School's Out!

School's Out!

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

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.

Educating Jack

Educating Jack

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/09/2012

As the 1982 school year begins, Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his sixth year as headteacher. Nora Pratt celebrates twenty-five years in her coffee shop, Ronnie Smith finally tries to get a job, and little Krystal Entwhistle causes concern in the school Nativity play. It's the time of ET and Greenham Common,. Price William's birth, Fame legwarmers and the puzzling introduction of the 20p piece. Meanwhile, for Jack, the biggest surprise of his life is in store...

Please Sir!

Please Sir!

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

A NEW YEAR AT RAGLEY-ON-THE-FOREST SCHOOL... It's 1981, the time of Adam and the Ants, Rubik's Cube, the Sony Walkman and the Falklands War, as head teacher Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley-on-the-Forest School for another rollercoaster year. Vera, the ever-efficient chool secretary, has to grapple with a new-fangled computer - and enjoys a royal occasion - while Ruby the caretaker rediscovers romance with a Butlin's Redcoat. And for Jack, wedding bells are in the air. But the unexpected is just round the corner...

Village Teacher

Village Teacher

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

The fourth installment of the hilarious Ragley-on-the-Forest village school series It's 1980: recession and unemployment have hit Britain, a royal wedding is on the way, and the whole country is wondering Who Shot JR? As Jack returns for his fourth year at Ragley-on-the Forest School, there's a definite chill in the air. Village schools are being closed down all over the place - will his be one of them?As school life continues - Vera, the school secretary, has to grapple with a new-fangled electric typewriter, Ruby celebrates ten years as the school cleaner, and the village panto throws up some unusual problems - Jack wonders what the future holds... 'Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure' Alan Titchmarsh

Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2009

It's 1979: Dallas is enthralling the nation on TV, Mrs Thatcher has just become prime minister, Abba is top of the pops, and in the small Yorkshire village of Ragley-on-the-Forest, Jack Sheffield returns for his third year as headmaster of the village school. Jack and his staff struggle to keep a semblance of normality throughout the turbulence of the school terms, as once again the official School Log fails to record what is really going on beneath the seemingly quiet routine. Ruby the caretaker discovers her Prince Charming; Vera the school secretary gets to meet her hero, Nicholas Parsons; and Jack, to his astonishment, finds himself having to stand in as a curiously skinny Father Christmas. Jack also finds himself, at last, having to choose between the vivacious sisters Beth and Laura Henderson ... Praise for Jack Sheffield 'Wry observation and heartwarming humour in equal measure' Alan Titchmarsh 'Overflowing with amusing anecdotes' Daily Express 'Amusing adventures at the North Yorkshire village school' Choice 'Jack Sheffield's in a class of his own' York Press

Teacher, Teacher!

Teacher, Teacher!

Author: Jack Sheffield Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2007

It's 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack's eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster. The many colourful chapters include Ruby the 20 stone caretaker with an acute spelling problem, a secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher, a villager who grows giant carrots, a barmaid/parent who requests sex lessons, and a five-year-old boy whose language is colourful in the extreme. And then there's also beautiful, bright Beth Henderson, who is irresistibly attractive to the young headmaster... Warm, funny and nostalgic, Teacher, Teacher is a delightful read that is guaranteed to make you feel better, whatever kind of day you've had.

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