Primary Instinct (Google eBook)
In his second novel, satirist David Reiter does for the Australian education system what the BBC series Teachers did for the British system.Like every primary teacher, Cherry Kaufman had her ideals-once. You put in the hours, get the degree and hope your first job isn't a five hour drive west of Blackbutt. She knew it wouldn't all be long summer breaks and the adoration of grateful parents. But nothing prepared her for the "challenges" of teaching at Bayside State School, not to mention what her colleagues would get up to after school hours...A humourous expose of the education system, with a serious undercurrent.
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Primarily Needs a Red Pen
I loved BBC’s series Teachers more than most, and this book definitely isn’t doing this for the Australian system. It is set in Brisbane and the mythical Bayside School, and amongst the local place names I found myself trying to figure out exactly which Redlands school it is. The moments of local recognition were fun, but fleeting. The book is driven more by rambling than by plot and the last chapters proved disappointing. Far too many two-dimensional characters are introduced in the first ten pages, and they keep on coming in a dialogue heavy read. I think this novel could have done with further editing before publication, and along with the usual typos and grammar mistakes, I found several instances where the wrong character name had been used (P223 and p265 if you want to crossmark.) There are a few funny moments, but if I had to read it again I’d do so with a red pen in hand.
Review: Primary InstinctUser Review - Barry Levy - Goodreads
This hard to put down book is a good insight into the school community. It is an even sharper, and more subtle, indictment of the system that produced it. A must read. Read full review
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