The Life that Jack Built – Secrets of a school teacher

John Butler (2013)

Adventure   Fiction   Historical

This story is based on the true story of a self-centred young man at odds with himself. It is the tale of how Jack handles work, romantic attachments and manages to wriggle out of the tightest of situations. Then suddenly opportunity knocks for him –he takes the plunge, but at the end he is in for a surprise as he is stopped in his tracks…

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About this book

It is the early 1940s; Jack is a young man leaving university at odds with himself. Set aside from his peers fighting in the Second World War he tries to make a career in banking but finding himself a square peg in a round hole, decided to enter the teaching profession which takes him to urban and rural schools in post war Britain. This is the story of his many escapades. It is the tale of how he handles work, romantic attachments and manages to wriggle out of the tightest of situations. Jack’s story is true of all of us who go through life searching.
Then suddenly opportunity knocks for him – it is an opportunity you’d have to be mad to take –he takes the plunge, but at the end he is in for a surprise.
‘The Life that Jack Built’ teaches us about the demons within ourselves and makes us question if destiny is mapped out for us all.
A fascinating and heart-warming tale that is personal, historical and humorous with moments of passion, pathos and fear.

About Author

John Butler

Apart from a few disastrous years after I left university (UCL) trying to make banking my career, I found myself a square peg in a round hole. I ‘escaped’ into the teaching profession and after forty years teaching all ages from infant to 6th form, I became a headmaster. During these years I was secretary of the local teachers’ union and reported their meetings in the local paper. I was involved with the numerous educational/political issues that arose. In addition I wrote a short story for a Chicago magazine. I also wrote a short story for the Daily Mail about the death and resurrection of ‘Oscar’, my children’s ancient goldfish. Years later I read the same article in an American magazine. I have a collection of short stories which I hope to publish. After retirement I became a lecturer jointly with the W.E.A. and Sheffield University. I liked foreign travel and on the sesquicentennial of the Oregan Trail (the greatest land migration in history) followed the trek from St. Louis to Oregan. I visited the U.S.S.R. and after Moscow and [...]

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