4* review so pleased with that, especially from a blogger whose genre preference is for horror...
I'm excited to be kicking off the tour for A Blindefellow's Chronicle today. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to participate, and for my copy of the book.
Blindefellow's School opened in the 1800s as a school for the blind, but has now evolved into a school which is open to any boys as long as they are able to pay. A Blindefellow's Chronicle joins the school in 1974, and through thirteen interconnected stories, charts its development through three decades.
A Blindefellow's Chronicle begins by introducing the reader to Charles Sedgewick, a teacher in his twenties who has come to live and work at Blindefellow's School with very little in the way of life experience having worked in the family business for a short time whilst living at home with his parents. Sedgewick remains a central character throughout the book, and I enjoyed reading about how his teaching style and lifestyle altered through the decades. There are several other teachers who appear in most chapters, and although I did not attend a public school myself, there are several characters in A Blindefellow's Chronicle who I could recognise from my own school days: the old fashioned one, the strict one, the eccentric one and so on. The familiarity allowed me to warm to the characters and become involved in their lives.
Many of the stories in A Blindefellow's Chronicle hone in on a humorous event from the year about which Roe is writing. Whilst some of these events appear a little far fetched at times, I did find myself laughing out loud at them. However, Roe also tackles some serious subjects and she should be commended for this. She approaches issues such as dementia, relationships and the environment with sensitivity, and I was also interested to read how Blindefellow's policies moved with the times, through pivotal moments such as the arrival of the first female member of staff.
A Blindefellow's Chronicle is a little different from the material I would usually read, but I would definitely recommend it.
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