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For Heaven’s Sake-bookcover

By: Geoff Barham

For Heaven’s Sake

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For Heaven’s Sake is a humorous, light-hearted depiction of Norfolk village life, centred around the village church of St Jude’s in Forling Down. Centre stage is its larger than life rector, Father Cyril; his eccentric curate, Father Aubrey; and many other very idiosyncratic characters. The reader is very quickly drawn into the chain of disastrous situations and the author’s first-hand knowledge of East Anglian life makes them all very believable. Many of the chapters are ‘laughing out loud’ amusing, so be prepared for a roller-coaster ride of village humour!

Geoff was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, and was educated at Langley School in Norfolk. He then studied education and music at Bishop Lonsdale College in Derby and subsequently attained a Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree at the University of Surrey. In July 2022, Geoff was awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Teaching degree at the University of Nottingham.


Geoff is a qualified teacher with over 38 years’ experience, twenty-one of which were as a headmaster of two different schools – St Andrew’s and St Mark’s School in the Royal Borough of Kingston and Collingwood School in the London Borough of Sutton. For a number of years, Geoff was a governor at Langley School – the public school he attended as a boy – and is currently Vice Chair of Governors at St Lawrence C of E Primary School in Chobham, Surrey.


Geoff is also a keen musician and currently sings with the Guildford Choral Society. During his long career, he has been a church director of music, conducted secular choirs and orchestras and was, for thirty years, an honorary local representative of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.


After his retirement in 2009, Geoff started work as a voice artist (recording radio ads and audio books) and has appeared in a number of films and TV series as a supporting actor. He is now adding published author to his CV!


Geoff is married with three grown up daughters and four beautiful granddaughters.

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