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...
Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and gew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate in north-east Leeds. After training to be a teacher, he became a headteacher in two North Yorkshire schools before becoming a Senior Lecturer at Bretton Hall College. It was at this time that he began to record his many amusing stories of Yorkshire village life, which tell the life of a head teacher in the fictional village of Ragley-on-the-Forest. He now lives in York and Hampshire.