‘Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

 H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You


Disappointing academic results, an ill-fated love affair and a frustrating first job experience have left Michael Morgan deeply dissatisfied with the path his life has taken. He decides to train to be a French teacher. But at Barfield School he soon feels trapped by the job’s secure, yet uninspiring future while the atmosphere in the parental home is more and more poisoned. And his disastrous handling of relations with two female colleagues makes his working environment no less vitiated. He dreams of wiping the slate of his past and present clean by escaping to the adventure of a new life in France. But then he’s invited to share in an exciting business venture at home. Is the key to fulfilment to be found here ? Or does happiness lie in the pursuit of his French dream ?  Whatever his choice, he can’t rid himself of the thought that it could be some slimy creature in himself he’s fleeing from.   


‘Barfield School’ is arguably one of the best books I have ever read. It’s not only inspiring but educative on moral grounds. I have received many books but I don’t often post reviews. Bringing this review to the attention of book lovers means ‘Barfield School’ is a perfectly written book I will recommend to readers.’

Joel Savage, Journalist and Author. 

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This is a delightful book which follows the fortunes of a young Englishman determined to find a way to fulfil his dream and live in France. We travel with ‘Michael’ as he transitions to adulthood with all the challenges and decisions inherent in coming of age. The central character, like all young people of that age, has a lot to learn about work, friendship, women and relationships, and he ponders life’s lessons with a deep and thorough delicacy. The book is written in a classically French style, which is unusual today and evokes the likes of Flaubert and Balzac. The story too, is evocative of the French classical heroes with their determined protagonists making their way through the complexities of society, work and women. So it is with Barfield School. This is at its root, an uplifting read which is well-written and thought-provoking. Recommended.’ 

 Hazel Manuel, Bestselling Fiction and Non-Fiction Author.

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‘Thanks for this wonderful read Barry. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this!’

 Shellie Blum, Bestselling Non-Fiction Author. 

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It’s the sort of thing that is the fabric of every young man’s life, and as such is an interesting account. This is all our lives – and it’s admirable that the writer doesn’t try and dress it up as being something else. It’s a very good portrayal of the kind of life so many of us have lived. He even talks of the hero as a ‘plodder’ with an ‘absence of any real brilliance’ in a rather charmingly self-deprecating way. Refreshingly candid. By the end of the book we see our hero about to embark on a teaching exchange in France – and no doubt on to greener fields. Roll on the next in the series.’

 Anthony Stancombe, Bestselling Non-Fiction and Travel Author. 


Barry is also the author of ‘Barry’s Frenglish Folies’ – a potpourri of more than 100 serious, humorous and seriously humorous articles on the English … but especially the French.

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