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Mr Sermon (The Spring Madness of Mr Sermon)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The story of a modern Mr Chips suddenly fed up with his life as a schoolteacher. He leaves wife, home, and all he owns to set out on the road to freedom. Ahead lies Mr. Sugg, the odd little man who teaches him the antiques trade, the generous hearted Olga who welcomes him into her home, and Rachel, the fascinating young girl who leads him into the springtime of love.
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TBV
The last straw on the camel's back
19th April, 3:17p.m... 3:18... the tension is building... 3:20 Snap! Mr Sermon ('Preacher' Sermon to the thirteen-year-old school boys) has endured all he can, and a boyish prank sets him on the path of no return.

For years he had lived a blameless, ordinary life. A schoolteacher with a charming, wealthy wife as well as a son and daughter. Having recently turned 49 he suddenly finds that he has had enough. Enough of insolent prankster school boys, enough of the p
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John Benson
This book goes by two titles, this one and just plain MR. SERMON. The one I read was named MR. SERMON, but that is not as common of a title. It is somewhat similar to THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, but that one is much newer, and more of a travelogue. In both books, the main characters leave set lives in England to do something new and unexpected. Mr. Sermon has been teaching for many years and all of a sudden he gets mad at one of his students, hits him, leaves his schoo ...more
Neil
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is seriously dated having been written in 1963 by a man, and using the mores, of a generation born shortly before the Great War who had seen everything they believed in and held dear not only torn apart in their youth, bombed almost into submission in their middle thirties and, as they saw it, was now being completely obliterated in the immoral sixties.

Set in 1961, even then it was probably no longer acceptable for a man to beat his almost forty year old wife with a hair brush, althou
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Flob
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining read and very well written. It is, though, very dated and presents a view of women that was dated in 1961 when it was written. If it is right that there are only 6 plots then this falls into the 'wandering hero' category with an English twist of the 'History of Mr Polly' or 'Coming up for air' type. ...more
Pauline Bicknell
Classic. Never boring or sugary. Carried me along. Enough interest / intrigue to keep me guessing to the very end
Chris Austen
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read; and very poignant in that many men will be able to relate to Mr Sermon’s mindset. It is not dated! It portrays life as it was in the 60s.
Damaskcat
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sebastian Sermon is a school teacher. He has been conscious for a while of a sense of dissatisfaction with his life. One day a boy in his class misbehaves and Mr Sermon snaps and hits him – and goes on hitting him. He walks out of the school, goes home, and decides, after scaring Sybil, his wife of twenty years, that he will go away for a time. He sets out with a small amount of money in his pocket and a rucksack on his back and ends up in Devon.

What follows is a heart warming and interesting st
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Susan Zinner
Definitely showing its age, this very English novel follows a schoolmaster who explodes in class one day, leaves his wife and takes off for a few months to explore other options in life. Not PC and somewhat misogynistic, this is still a light and amusing read...
Kevin Parsons
I wanted to give this book a 4 star rating, but as the other reviewers have stated, it is dated in its views. But if you can get past that, it is an interesting story and Delderfield is a very good writer.
J V Woods
A bit tedious

Didn't enjoy this much. I don't know whether Delderfied wrote this before he wrote To serve them all my days which is a great book. There are similarities of the schools. The story didn't really convince me. I don't think Sybil could become such a changed woman.
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Deb
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked Delderfield but the moral of this story was execrable; "If your wife defies you slap her around, and btw it's ok to cheat on her too!" ...more
Dwer
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of my favorite Anglophile historical novels. About the very successful mid life crisis of a school master. If only.....
Steve
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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