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A Wayne in a Manger Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718148363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718148362
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.6 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gervase Phinn is a teacher, freelance lecturer, author, poet, school inspector, educational consultant and visiting professor of education - but none of these is more important than his family.

For fourteen years he taught in a range of schools, then acted as General Adviser for Language Development in Rotherham before moving on to North Yorkshire, where he spent ten years as a school inspector. He holds five fellowships, honorary doctorates from Hull, Leicester and Sheffield Hallam universities, and is a patron of a number of children's charities and educational organizations.

Gervase lives with his family in Doncaster.

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About the Author

Gervase Phinn is nationally recognised as a bestselling author, following the immense success of his books The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale and Head Over Heels in the Dales, all of which have been top ten bestsellers. He is married with four children and lives near Doncaster.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn on 20 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
having had 3 boys myself and experience of childhood "clangers" over the years, I laughed out loud at the antics of the children in this book, never has a book made me giggle so much or marvel and enjoy the innocence of childhood. The book has a lovely feel-good factor and one which you can dip into again and again, every page you open makes you smile at one antic or another. The storyline really jumps out of the page and you can almost hear the children with their Yorkshire accent and lovely sayings. A really heart-warming, delightful book full of enchanting anecdotes and I'm delighted to recommend it to all, great family reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OliviaMJ on 9 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you know anything about children you'll love this book. Every story is so readable and the children absolutely believable; who wouldn't shout out if they saw the Angel Gabriel's frock caught up in her pink knickers.
The Christmas story to end all: "A Wayne in a Manger" is absolutely correct because that's the way the lad heard it, children do mis-hear words and phrases that is why this book is so funny and so readable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. OWEN on 24 Jun. 2007
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NOT to be read when you are travelling on public transport. A laugh-out-loud book. The only fault was that it wasn't long enough.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on 14 Nov. 2006
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Even if you do not have children of your own, chances are you know at least one. This book is the funniest I've have read in ages. Absolutely hilarious. I have found the perfect stocking filler for Christmas, the perfect 'pick me up' on a rainy day and a truly all round, unoffensive book to suit all.

Buy it and see the nativity from a different angle!

Fantastic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Godfrey on 24 Nov. 2007
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Funny, lovable and heartwarming. Better because it comes from the heart as only children can present the story of 2000 years ago in a Nativity play. I could imagine the voices of the children and Gervais Phinn as I read the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Nov. 2006
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This book will have you in stitches from the minute you pick it up. I don't think a book has ever made me laugh so much. Its true, kids do say exactly what they are thinking!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Millar on 4 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I heard Gervase Phinn speak at a teachers' conference two years ago, and I don't think I laughed so much all term. Initially skeptical - after all, although a teacher, the thought of someone's embelllished memoirs on their time as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales doesn't exactly sound like a page-turner.
Indeed, there's nothing particularly original about his approach. It's been done before for vets by James Heriot. Worse still, I think some of the stories in this volume appear elsewhere in his work.
That said, Gervase Phinn has a remarkable story telling gift, weaving the most outrageous, if harmless, yarns with a fine ear for the truly hilarious things children say. Beneath it all, shines a warm humanity - and this is a book to which you'll want to turn to again and again.
I bought this as a present, but read it first (sorry, Mum). It's not quite as strong as his initial Dales series (Up and Down the Dale etc) but it's still good stuff. Get one for yourself and anyone else who needs cheering up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bark1ngmad2 on 11 Oct. 2010
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Like all Mr Phinn's books that I've had the pleasure of reading, a real laugh from start to finish.
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