Hairs in the Palm of Your Hand by Jan Mark

Published September 28, 2021

Hairs in the Palm of Your Hand by Jan Mark

Book info

  • Title Hairs in the Palm of Your Hand
  • Author Jan Mark
  • Year 1981
  • Genre Short stories

These wickedly funny, wickedly realistic stories are set inside schools where chaos is the name of the game. 'Time and the Hour' takes place in a boys’ school, where one class decides to conduct some research and have a bit of fun on the subject of how much time is wasted during each school day. 'Chutzpah', on the other hand, is set in a mixed comprehensive school, where Eileen seems bent on causing as much disruption as possible on the first day of term, in the interests of democracy and women’s rights.


This is such a blast from the past. I reckon this might have been one of the first audiobooks I listened to when I was a kid. I don’t know why or what made me choose it, but I vividly remember the opening lines. It might also be why I’m so fond of Tony Robinson, as he’s clearly a voice from when I was younger.

I didn’t remember what the book was actually about, and had thought it was a collection of a few short stories. In fact, it’s only two, but they’re two very fun and well written school-based adventures. I’m not sure I can recommend it one way or the other, but it meant a lot to me to hear it again.

Rating: 4 / 5

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