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By: Jean Jarvis

A Slice of Life from a Vicar's Wife

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Jean Jarvis was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, a market town in the East Midlands and part of the Portland estate within the Dukeries.

Her working life has been spent in schools in Worksop and Sheffield. She lived through the time when Britain was recovering from World War II. It was the time of Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets.

She met and married the curate and became his wife and mother of two children.

During this time, she met John Betjeman, a friend of her husband. She acquired his fun name, “The Smasher”.

Her love of art and music continued throughout her life, and she became a church organist. Her love of painting is a set of fourteen stations of the cross, which was on show for a short time in Derby Cathedral.

This is the story of a long and happening life, told in slices.


Jean Jarvis, a wife and mother of two children, was born and educated in Worksop and Sheffield. Her working life has been spent with children of all ages. Her interest in art and music was originally inspired by her religious interests. Her painting, The Woman of Jerusalem, inspired her to write the book during the lockdown time. She tells of falling in love and marrying the curate. Meeting John Betjeman, a friend of her husband and holiday locums, in other parishes.

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  • Trish Jones

    A lovely heart warming read. Brought the life of a vicars wife to life. The photographs and sketches were lovely. All tnrough you could hear her voice coming tnrough. A delightful read.

  • Julia Wilson

    A Slice Of Life From A Vicar’s Wife by Jean Jarvis is a most charming little book that gives glimpses into a life over the years.
    Jean Jarvis was born in 1937 and has written this delightful book with a snapshot into her life.
    We hear a little of the war years. The book mainly focuses on the years after she met her husband to be in 1960.
    As we drop in and out of Jean Jarvis’ life, it is a pleasure to share her memories.
    Jean Jarvis life was ordinary in many ways but extraordinary in others. Her husband was friend and confidant of the poet John Betjeman.
    This book is a pure delight as it shares memories frozen in time of a bygone era that will not come again. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

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