Bride Leads the Chalet School

Bride Leads the Chalet School Bride is unexpectedly made head girl of the Chalet School when her predecessor fails to return Initially she is reluctant to take on such a responsible job but is persuaded into it and is a great su
  • Title: Bride Leads the Chalet School
  • Author: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
  • ISBN: 9780006934110
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bride Leads the Chalet School
    Bride is unexpectedly made head girl of the Chalet School when her predecessor fails to return Initially she is reluctant to take on such a responsible job, but is persuaded into it, and is a great success.
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  • Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

    Elinor M Brent Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old In 1912, her brother Henzell died at age seventeen of cerebro spinal fever After her father died, her mother remarried in 1913.Elinor was educated at a small local private school in South Shields and returned there to teach when she was eighteen after spending two years at the City of Leeds Training College Her teaching career spanned 36 years, during which she taught in a wide variety of state and private schools in the northeast, in Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, and finally in Hereford.In the early 1920s she adopted the name Elinor Mary Brent Dyer A holiday she spent in the Austrian Tyrol at Pertisau am Achensee gave her the inspiration for the first location in the Chalet School series However, her first book, Gerry goes to school, was published in 1922 and was written for the child actress Hazel Bainbridge Her first Chalet story, The School at the Chalet, was originally published in 1925.In 1930, the same year that Jean of Storms was serialised, she converted to Roman Catholicism.In 1933 the Brent Dyer household she lived with her mother and stepfather until her mother s death in 1957 moved to Hereford She travelled daily to Peterchurch as a governess.When her stepfather died she started her own school in Hereford, The Margaret Roper School It was non denominational but with a strong religious tradition Many Chalet School customs were followed, the girls even wore a similar uniform made in the Chalet School s colours of brown and flame Elinor was rather untidy, erratic and flamboyant and not really suited to being a headmistress After her school closed in 1948 she devoted most of her time to writing.Elinor s mother died in 1957 and in 1964 Brent Dyer moved to Redhill, where she lived in a joint establishment with fellow school story author Phyllis Matthewman and her husband, until her death on 20th September 1969.During her lifetime Elinor M Brent Dyer published 101 books but she is remembered mainly for her Chalet School series The series numbers 59 books and is the longest surviving series of girls school stories ever known, having been continuously in print for than 70 years 100,000 paperback copies are still being sold each year Among her published books are other school stories family, historical, adventure and animal stories a cookery book, and four educational geography readers She also wrote plays and numerous unpublished poems and was a keen musician.In 1994, the year of the centenary of her Elinor Brent Dyer s birth, Friends of the Chalet School put up plaques in Pertisau, South Shields and Hereford, and a headstone was erected on her grave in Redstone Cemetery, since there was not one previously They also put flowers on her grave on the anniversaries of her birth and death and on other special occasions.


  • This is one of the last really good Chalet books the few later ones I own are considerably weaker than this This is charming and decent It s got great family moments this series should have of the Bettanys and Bride is a strong character Not sweet or pretty, but decisive and a strong leader There s a strange discussion of class when it comes to Diana she s a snob because she s rich, but she would be teased if people found out her father s money came from glue manufacturing And yet she has a low [...]

  • I have a soft spot for Bride Leads the Chalet School because it s one of those books where Important Things Happen This is one of the ways that the Chalet School is almost impenetrable should you enter it at the wrong point There are books full of the exploits of daughter X of pupil Y who married Doctor Z and Oh No Not That Time When Julie Lucy Had Peritonitis This is the book in which the latter happens and in a sort of very wrong way, it s a massive relief to get there at last After reading oh [...]

  • This is one of the better island set stories Bride is promoted to Head Girl when the current girl leaves to go to The Argentine to claim an inheritance I do wonder if EBD opened her atlas and stuck in a pin As usual she asks for time to think it over I m sure it comes as a bolt from the blue to every girl who is ever appointed Head Girl, but at least Bride had a good reason to be surprised but a chat with her sister Peggy also an ex Head Girl as they prepare the tea is enough to persuade her tha [...]

  • At last Bride is where she belongs, ie in the post of Head Girl And it s a tough job at one point she has to take prep with Upper Second, which presumably as they are now over at St Agnes in Carnbach involves a ferry journey there and back.The editing is particularly bad this could just be because I only have the 1989 Armada paperback but I suspect not and although I like this particular group of prefects, this isn t a favourite story Diana s reform is weak Somehow how, even she herself never re [...]

  • A few days before term begins, the Bettany family have an unexpected visitor, Miss Annersley comes for a visit She has some quite surprising news, the previous Head Girl, Loveday Perowne has left school, and she wants Bride to be the new Head Girl This term turns out to be quite tough for Bride, not only does she have to deal with the normal Head Girl duties, but another school has closed down, and quite a few of them have joined the Chalet School These girls were allowed to run wild in their pr [...]

  • Bride gets a shock when she s asked to take on a new responsibility, and has an extremely difficult term A progressive school has closed down, and several new girls have arrived at the Chalet School including a very pretty but rebellious girl called Diana, who refuses to accept the authority of the prefects and gives Bride an extremely hard time Amongst run of the mill lessons, and a lengthy description of the end of term sale, there are a few philosophical discussions about education included, [...]

  • Another lovely story full of happenings One girl going off to South America to collect her inheritance, one with peritonitis, the awful new girl Diana and her horrible deeds, and of course the annual sale Bride takes over as head girl through all this and lives to tell the tale

  • Chambers hardback edition Not bad, not the best in the series but nor is it forgettable, and a lot less casual racism than some of the others in the series Fairly enjoyable.

  • Of my three or four favourite Chalet School books Exile, New Mistress, this one and maybe At War this is the one I ve read least often Everytime I read it I wonder why I don t have my own copy.

  • One of my favourites Which makes sense considering Bride Bettany was always one of my very favourite Chaletians Kindly lent to me by Shawne.

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