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Book Title: The Princess of the Chalet School|
The author of the book: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.43 MB
Date of issue: December 31st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780550307019
Read full description of the books The Princess of the Chalet School:When Madge Bettany decides to start a school in the Austrian Alps, little does she realize how such a small idea will so completely change her life.
Another term and the arrival of a European princess adds an extra touch of the exotic to the Chalet School. The need to make Princess Elisaveta of Belsornia feel welcome brings out the best in Joey Bettany, but she never dreamed that she would have to save the life of her royal chum.
A less welcome arrival is the new matron, who quickly becomes thoroughly unpopular with pupils and teachers alike. She will not last for long at the Chalet School ...
Joey has to be at her most resourceful to save her friend from the dastardly Prince Cosimo; her brave deeds make for compelling reading in the kidnap drama which climaxes 'The Princess of the Chalet School'.
Elinor Brent-Dyer is in vintage form in the third of her Chalet School adventures.
Read information about the authorElinor M. Brent-Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet. She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer. Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old. In 1912, her brother Henzell died at age seventeen of cerebro-spinal fever. After her father died, her mother remarried in 1913.
Elinor was educated at a small local private school in South Shields and returned there to teach when she was eighteen after spending two years at the City of Leeds Training College. Her teaching career spanned 36 years, during which she taught in a wide variety of state and private schools in the northeast, in Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, and finally in Hereford.
In the early 1920s she adopted the name Elinor Mary Brent-Dyer. A holiday she spent in the Austrian Tyrol at Pertisau-am-Achensee gave her the inspiration for the first location in the Chalet School series. However, her first book, Gerry goes to school, was published in 1922 and was written for the child actress Hazel Bainbridge. Her first 'Chalet' story, The School at the Chalet, was originally published in 1925.
In 1930, the same year that Jean of Storms was serialised, she converted to Roman Catholicism.
In 1933 the Brent-Dyer household (she lived with her mother and stepfather until her mother's death in 1957) moved to Hereford. She travelled daily to Peterchurch as a governess.
When her stepfather died she started her own school in Hereford, The Margaret Roper School. It was non-denominational but with a strong religious tradition. Many Chalet School customs were followed, the girls even wore a similar uniform made in the Chalet School's colours of brown and flame. Elinor was rather untidy, erratic and flamboyant and not really suited to being a headmistress. After her school closed in 1948 she devoted most of her time to writing.
Elinor's mother died in 1957 and in 1964 Brent-Dyer moved to Redhill, where she lived in a joint establishment with fellow school story author Phyllis Matthewman and her husband, until her death on 20th September 1969.
During her lifetime Elinor M. Brent-Dyer published 101 books but she is remembered mainly for her Chalet School series. The series numbers 59 books and is the longest-surviving series of girls' school-stories ever known, having been continuously in print for more than 70 years. 100,000 paperback copies are still being sold each year. Among her published books are other school stories; family, historical, adventure and animal stories; a cookery book, and four educational geography-readers. She also wrote plays and numerous unpublished poems and was a keen musician.
In 1994, the year of the centenary of her Elinor Brent-Dyer's birth, Friends of the Chalet School put up plaques in Pertisau, South Shields and Hereford, and a headstone was erected on her grave in Redstone Cemetery, since there was not one previously. They also put flowers on her grave on the anniversaries of her birth and death and on other special occasions.
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