Posts tagged ‘Jane Fairweather’

July 13th, 2016

The Prank and After

Initiation for a new girl means trouble when it all goes wrong

Jane Fairweather

Jenn was staggering along the gravel path and the rain was pouring. Water was getting into her shoes and her socks were soaked. Although she had brought a rain coat it was no protection at all and water was trickling down her neck and soaking through her shoulders into the light summer dress she had put on because she had been afraid her normal gym slip would get in the way of the awkward climbing she had to do. And her bra and even her cotton pants were beginning to feel damp. And her hair was unbelievably wet, for she had not brought a hat, thinking it was one more thing to carry and, anyway, a school hat would pick you out a mile off.
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May 13th, 2016

Coming of Age

A headmaster seeks permission to cane a girl but her father has other ideas.

By Jane Fairweather

“What do you two think you are doing?” The voice of Mr Oakley thundered.

At around five foot and three inches, he was a diminutive man by the standards of the male staff at Kingsley Grammar and generally regarded as making up for this deficiency by quite excessive aggro towards his students. Perhaps Fiona Gibbon, who was actually quite proud of being five foot nine, thought the fact that he always wore a coloured shirt, which today was verging on red, was part of the same scheme of things; she really did not like Mr Oakley.
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March 22nd, 2016

Her First Caning

A teacher helps a headmaster deal with two girls

By Jane Fairweather

“Time to stop girls! Make sure you don’t linger changing! Unless you want the boys from the Upper Fifth watching you, that is, especially you Gillian…”

Miss Carter had blown her whistle for the end of the period of PE in the solitary gym that St Edward’s school possessed and the impromptu basketball game had come to an abrupt end. The Upper Sixth girls (or those of them that had not found a convenient excuse to avoid this session of enforced activity), were all in white tee shirts and often tight blue gym knickers and some at least looked distinctly sweaty.
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February 6th, 2016

A Day in the Life

A woman is diverted from important preparations

By Jane Fairweather

Mrs Miles was fiddling with the lamb chops for the elaborate evening meal that she was getting ready for her husband’s guests. She was well aware it was not unlikely, if all went well, that her husband would be promoted from regional manager to something rather higher up in his company. “National sales manager” had been mentioned, she was well aware, though what that entailed she was not too sure. Certainly it meant more money, but also she suspected more time with her husband wandering the country and not at home with her. There had even been a broad hint that it might be helpful if she was prepared to move the family lock stock and barrel to London, or somewhere near it.
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September 22nd, 2015

The Tale of a Weekend

A lover’s tiff leads to unusual consequences at work and school.

By Jane Fairweather

“No! I will not go out to the pictures with you tonight!” Geraldine Hislop said very loudly in a voice that was close to a scream, though she had gone to the pictures with Gerald Ibbotson most Friday nights for nearly two years.

Her boyfriend of those nearly two years smiled sardonically, for he was well used to her flashes of defiance, and said quietly: “But it is Dr Zhivago and the reviews are wonderful. If we don’t catch it this week then we won’t. And I will pay!”

“You mean your bloody parents will pay. You ought to get a little job like me.”
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July 31st, 2015

Visits to the Headmistress – A new Jane Fairweather ebook

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Jane Fairweather’s new ebook , VISITS TO THE HEADMISTRESS (published by Stormy Nights Publications and available through Amazon.co.uk) looks through the eyes of headmistresses (and one headmaster) who are compelled to make use of corporal punishment on their erring Sixth Form girls (not to mention one pupil teacher from the 1890’s). The stories wander a surprisingly wide territory, often going off in unusual directions. The Gentle Woman (1935) is more a novella than a story and explores broader themes than the rest of the book.

An Extract (Taken from ‘Letting the School Down’):

“Well, Joy MacLean, what can I do for you?” enquired Miss Randolph, glancing with faint amusement at the captain of the First Hockey XI who had just stepped, looking distinctly fraught, through her headmistress’s door.

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July 2nd, 2015

The Fight

When a girl gets into a fight, her friend comes to her aid, with consequences for them all.

By Jane Fairweather

Jennifer Ivens wound herself up for an ace. She was well aware this was something she rarely achieved, but with her score in the final set against her best friend Becky Hadlee at 40-30 and 5-3, she so wanted to win this match before Miss Compton, the Games Mistress, called an end to the afternoon’s activities. They had already had two ding dong sets and taken one each, and although it was only a games afternoon, something in Jennifer really wanted to win this.  She let fly as hard as she could, fully expecting to miss and have to deploy her very solid second serve, but no. For once the ball landed perfectly and shot past Becky.
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December 11th, 2014

The Queen and her Archer – a new ebook from Jane Fairweather

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King Uther of Lyonesse knows his health is declining and he is coming to the end of his reign, just as the Barbarian threat that he overcame by a near miracle thirty years before is rising again. And Uther’s daughter and heir, the Princess Rosamund, remains without a husband to lead her armies and guide her hand, a situation due in no small part to Rosamund’s haughty attitude and penchant for tantrums.

But then the Duke of Carlaeon grows weary of courting the elusive Rosamund and turns to treachery to gain the crown, and it is only through the courage and wit of a humble archer by the name of Will Scott that Rosamund escapes the trap which claims her father’s life. Almost before the naïve young princess knows what is happening, she finds herself in a desperate struggle to save both her kingdom and her life from the duke and his barbarian allies. But first the Archer must teach her common sense as the two of them wander desperately alone through the medieval landscape of Lyonesse, falling strangely in love. And if they survive this how can a queen marry an archer? And how can they survive anyway, given the odds against them?
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January 15th, 2014

The Education of Eliza Smith (new ebook)

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Extract From:

The Education of Eliza Smith

by JANE FAIRWEATHER (Amazon Author Page Click)

(Published by Stormy Night Publications)

The two girls were outside his door, waiting like boys who were in trouble. When last seen they had been in tears, which, Henry thought dryly to himself, happened with boys who had managed to get to the apogee of the school’s elaborate discipline system more often than you might expect. He drummed his fingers on the great oak desk. He would just give them a note and send them to Mrs Wiley. He would just give the bare facts and let her deal with it, which would mean their automatic dismissal; but at least it would not be his decision.
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December 4th, 2013

Grandma’s Present

 A teacher has to deal with one of her favourites 

By Jane Fairweather

Miss Nancy Graves woke in a far from happy mood. Not for the first time she glared at her single room with its one ancient armchair out of which some stuffing was emerging, an ancient dressing table with a broken mirror that was short in one leg and very tatty curtains that did not even keep out the light. There was not even a wardrobe, but a clothes rail that must have been obtained third hand from some shop or other. And there was not even a rug, just very ancient and dirty lino. Just what you would expect for a room in the attic given as part of her wages to a new and very young teacher in a third rate girl’s boarding school!
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