Troubador Zero Tolerance

Released: 28/02/2020

ISBN: 9781838592868

eISBN: 9781838598297

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Zero Tolerance


A school therapy dog put down as a cost-cutting measure. An Ofsted inspector who grades his sexual encounters on a clipboard. A Head of Humanities who spends every waking minute scouring the Norwegian Meteorology Service website, desperate for a hint of snow. A Deputy Head found naked, bound and gagged after the Year 11 Prom. A Chief Executive of the Local Education Authority waiting for a phone call as the only employee left in a once vast empire. A Secretary of State for Education with a cunning plan to solve the Social Care crisis.

Welcome to the world of State Education in austerity England in 2019, a country riven by decline, distrust and division. When Karim, a fifteen year old Syrian refugee, arrives at Fairfield High School he thinks that he has escaped from hell. But then the Multi Academy Trust takes over…

A thoroughly excellent read.
Some of the writing in the early chapters is rather clumsy but then the narrative takes off and we have a well-paced, intelligent and humorous expose of life in a newly acadamised London school. The anonymous author has written an excoriating account of school life under the awful ‘Superhead’ Camilla, a Gradgrind of the C21st.
The novel is an engaging story, full of interesting, empathetic characters and despicably horrible villains. There is genuine emotional engagement with the wellbeing of the oppressed teachers in the book and delightful vignettes of their home lives. The quality of the writing improves throughout the book and there is delightful language and metaphor mixed with political astuteness.
Interwoven with the school story of the bastardisation of education, is the story of Syrian refugee Karim, a modern day Oliver Twist who overcomes every adversity to find a new life in England. The denouement is full of dramatic tension.
All teachers should read this book and all fans of Dickens, Morpurgo, Pullman, Tressell and Rowling will not be disappointed.
Ten out of ten and a gold star.
Mr Hastings

by Mr Hastings

First of all this book is a great read. The characters, while they clearly represent a type, are drawn in depth and detail. The plot is wonderfully controlled to keep the reader engrossed and although the story is serious and often tragic, it is fundamentally kind-hearted. This is plainly a book on a mission which may be too apparent, but anyone with experience of children, teaching or teachers can fill in the shades of grey between the 'good' and the 'bad'. I mustn't give a way the ending, this book must be read.

by Jane Sansbury

At first, I got a really weird vibe while I was reading this. However, as I continued reading, that feeling went away. It was written well and I felt a lot of thought went into it. I have a lot to think about now and it was nice to see a different portrayal of educators. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this!

by Jasmine

The British education system has been slowly languishing for many years, suffering from defunding and having attention grabbing, but ultimately useless ideas forced on it. The cries of experienced educators have been drowned out and it seems empathy is at an all time low... or so I believe from what I've read in Zero Tolerance. This was a great, satirical work which weaves in astute thoughts on politics, refugees and the general ridiculousness of 21st century life. The Old Grey Owl really breathes life into teachers, a career which has been disrespected by the government for a while now

I found it a little difficult to get into at first, but felt I was truly riding a well thought out rollercoaster by the end.

by Amy

I wasn't sure if I was going to stick with this book. It was really really slow at first. However, the premise of schools with secrets always gets me. It really does pick up and I found it worth the wait!

by Ashley

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it hit the nail on the head concerning some really important topics and I'd definitely be interested to read more from this author.

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