Sex and power

13th April 2001 at 01:00
School inspectors have acquired a peculiar position in teachers' psyches. First came The Inspector and the Superhead by Lancashire head Nigel Jepson, a novel about obsessive love across the divide which will be forever cherished for transforming a kings and queens ruler into an improbable sexual prop.

Now, hot on the heels of former teacher Hylda Sims' novel Inspecting the Island (featurin another highly-sexed inspector), the Diary has been curled up in bed with Bricks without Straw - a work-in-progress by Ken Foden, head of Handsworth Grange school, Sheffield. Yup, you guessed it,hot-to-trot OFSTED inspector Clive Holdsworth "gets in deeper" with deputy head Alison Lister. We particularly enjoyed the "shiny, athletic-looking buttocks" in a silky thong in chapter 18.

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