'Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?'
Thank you for your interest in my second book!
Professor David Crystal, well-known linguist: 'A delightfully funny take on a manic year in the life of a secondary English teacher'
Paul Kerensa, comedian & BBC TV writer for 'Miranda' and 'Not Going Out': 'Highly entertaining'
Chris Curtis, writer of 'How to Teach English': 'Funny. Witty. An accurate reflection of teaching in an English department.'
I'm a middle-aged, pedantic-about-apostrophes, English-teaching, book-obsessed, cardigan-wearing grandmother with a keen eye for the funny, absurd side of life. What I observe, I put down in writing. Over the last 20 years, I've been published on-line and off-line, most notably on education in TES and emagazine and in faith publications such as Woman Alive.
I'm a member of the Society of Authors and the Association of Christian Writers. In 2016-2017 I was selected for the prestigious Writing West Midlands Room 204 mentorship programme for emerging writers.
Twitter: @franhill123 - https://twitter.com/franhill123
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About the Book
'Miss What Does Incomprehensible Mean' is a funny, life-affirming memoir, in diary form. Set in the manic world of a busy teacher, and based on real experiences, this account of one typical year shows it’s not just the pupils who misbehave.
English teacher ‘Miss’ starts the Autumn term beleaguered by self-doubts. She’s mid-menopause, insomniac, and Mirror and Bathroom Scales are blisteringly unsympathetic. Her pupils make her laugh, weep, fume and despair, often in the same lesson. Her unremitting workload blights family time and she feels guilty for missing church events to catch up on marking. After all, God-lady is watching.
Meanwhile, the new Head of Department seems unreachable, an Ofsted inspection looms, her sixth formers (against school policy) insist on sitting in rows, and there’s a school magazine to produce ...
When childhood secrets demand attention Miss doesn’t want to give them, life gets complicated.
Title : Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?
Author: Fran Hill
Genre: Memoir, Education
No. of Pages: 224
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Released: 21st May 2020
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Reviews and Recommendations:
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2020
Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud (I had to go indoors in case my neighbours thought I was going mad in the sunshine!) and some parts were very poignant. As a retired primary teacher, I could relate to many of the pressures of planning, report writing, marking, fitting in family etc and could visualise many of the pupils I taught becoming the secondary pupils in this book. As mentioned by another reviewer, I also rationed myself to a half term at a time in order to try to delay finishing the book. I will definitely dip back into it to find again my favourite moments. I have bought copies to give to my daughter who teaches secondary maths and for my teaching assistant who stuck with me in school and who is a very good friend in the ‘real world’.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2020
Absolutely loved it... the funny ways of describing teenagers, mixed with sad truths...best combination ever. Loved it, can't recommend it highly enough!
Good news: free period first thing on Mondays this year. Spent today's in a photocopier queue, waiting for two engineers to mend the machines. I could have come back later, but one engineer looked like Sean Bean.
Double Year 11 before lunch - not the ideal hors d'oeuvre. Danny stood up while I was talking and peered over my left shoulder. 'Pizza and apple crumble!' he announced, reading from the weekly lunch menu pinned up behind me.
'Forgive me for blocking your view, Danny,' I said, 'while trying to educate you.'
He said sorry, but he was starving and not thinking straight. I know he plays rugby but, built like a shed with a head, even at fifteen?
I thought I'd ask the class how many had read a book for pleasure in the holidays. Four out of thirty! No wonder they still say 'brought' when they mean 'bought'.
The Year 7s, studying poetry forms in Period 5, wrote haiku. One reads:
I have to go sleep
My eyes are very heavy
When will the bell go?
Delighted to have inspired them.