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Head Over Heels in the Dales [Kindle Edition]

Gervase Phinn
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The third in the funny, anecdotal series about life in the Dales from the 'James Herriot' of school inspectors.

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Head Over Heels in the Dales is the third volume in Gervase Phinn's bestselling Dales Series



'Could you tell me how to spell "sex" please?'



Gervase Phinn thinks he's heard just about everything in his two years as a school inspector, but a surprising enquiry from an angelic six-year-old reminds him never to take children for granted.



This year Gervase has lots of important things on his mind - his impending marriage to Christine Bentley (the prettiest headteacher for miles around), finding somewhere idyllic to live in the Yorkshire Dales, and the chance of a promotion. All of which generate their fair share of excitement, aided and abetted as usual by his colleagues in the office.



In Head Over Hells in the Dales, join Gervase Phinn in the classroom where he faces his greatest challenge: keeping a straight face as teachers and children alike conspire to have him laughing out loud.




'Gervase Phinn's memoirs have made him a hero in school staff-rooms' Daily Telegraph




Gervase Phinn is an author and educator from Rotherham who, after teaching for fourteen years in a variety of schools, moved to North Yorkshire to be a school inspector. He has written autobiographies, novels, plays, collections of poetry and stories, as well as a number of books about education. 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 organizations. He is married with four adult children. His books include The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale, Head Over Heels in the Dales,The Heart of the Dales, Up and Down in the Dales and Trouble at the Little Village School.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1500 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 014100522X
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (6 Mar 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIH86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come to those who wait........ 8 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having been introduced to Gervase Phinn's books by questioning why my mum and dad were both laughing in bed! I waited with baited breath for the next part... and how I wasn't disappointed. This time round Gervase is getting ready for marriage and married life and whilst only a few pages are taken up with the wedding part (don't think the whole book is given over to it) it continues to entertain us with tales of children, Mrs Savage, David and Sydney and Connie at the Staff Development Centre. All of whom have a unique and wonderful sense of humour, something that you probably need to have whilst working with children. Many moments stand out from this book and it would be too difficult to pick and tell you one. I wait with great delight for the fourth part(please write some more, Gervase) and to learn that the television rights have been sold as well. All I will say (and once you have the read the book you will know why) is 'Frank sent this...'!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Further tales of life as a school inspector 26 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The third instalment of Gervase Phinn's narrative of his time as a school inspector is as welcome as the first two. In the first two volumes, we followed Gervase's meeting with Christine, and their courtship. In this book, they eventually get married, and set to renovating the derelict country cottage with its overgrown garden, in which they start their married life.
The real stars of the book, though, are the children, and it is clear that Gervase Phinn has a wonderful relationship with them, and a real affection for them. He must have been a fantastic teacher.
We also meet old friends from the previous books - the rest of the inspection team, Brenda Savage - the alarming PA who made a pass at Gervase in an earlier book - Julie (the inspectors' secretary) and Connie, who rules the Professional Centre with a rod of iron.
If you have read the other two books, you will love this one. If not, buy the paper back versions of the other two, and then enjoy this one.
Oh, and if you are a teacher, read this to remind yourself what life was like before OFSTED inspections!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lift up your heart 14 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having read his first two books with such pleasure, Gervase's beautifully descriptive narrative style just gets better and better. A Yorkshire village child, I feel that I know each of the people he meets and the places he visits. The gently funny and compelling writing of Head Over Heels in the Dales left me smiling, uplifted, and waiting impatiently for the next edition.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It had me laughing out loud! 25 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
I came across this book by chance. Having grown up & been educated in the Yorkshire Dales, I am attracted to stories about this region. However it isn't necessary to have lived there to appreciate this book. It's not necessary either to have read the first two novels, I hadn't and it didn’t spoil anything, although having read this one I'd like to read the others now. Nor is it necessary to have an interest in schooling or education in general : it’s makes for a funny and touching read and I’m sure it would appeal to all ages/all readers. Phinn writes about his real life experiences as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales with candour and warmth and the reader can picture him trying to suppress a smile as he faces the children and their daily schooling. I heartily recommend it!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, long-awaited read-in-a-week-book!! 17 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
"Three Chairs for Gervase" (read it and you will realise I am not a poor speller!) Being a teacher I can relate to this even more and I think how much money could make writing a book of the great things children have said. Just one difference - I couldn't do it like Gervase. I feel like I know him and Christine, and the gang! They should have their own comedy show.
Don't hesitate to buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle romp 16 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Book Number 3 in the Dales series by Gervase Phinn.

Another delightful book full of anecdotal tales. This story also delves a little more into the personal lives of the various characters we've come to know pretty well over the course of the previous two books - in actual fact, it can be likened to getting to know colleagues at work: a few interesting facts and titbits dropped here and there in the course of the rest of the story.

So we hear about Connie's father, and Harold's intention to retire, and, as always, the backdrop to the rest of the story is the love affair between Gervase and Christine, who is now Mrs Phinn.

I'm thoroughly enjoying my romp through these gentle books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 21 Jun 2009
By Silver
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've bought the first three Gervase Phinn books on audio for my wife who listens while doing her chores. We've both read the books, and the audio version doesn't let you down. Simply hilarious and moving. I too have had them on my headphones while in the garden and feel a bit foolish when I suddenly burst out laughing seemingly at nothing. Buy them all, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 24 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved every word, what the children came out with is hilarious and entertaining. I will be reading more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gervase Phinn book
A lovely read. Factual told in funny self depreciating way. A real feel good book. The rest of the series is equally as good
Published 1 month ago by dianne bromley
5.0 out of 5 stars Head Over Heels in the Dales
I purchased this book for my mum. Absolutely loves the author and stories have purchased 5 now a really good read !!!
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Blowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Head over heels in the dales
Excellent read - you could almost believe that you were sitting in the classroom with the pupils and Mr Phinn. Can't wait to read some of the other books by him
Published 1 month ago by jean twort
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
another jewel in the crown of the fabulous mr Phinn a stort teller set in the James herriot mould . Wonderful
Published 5 months ago by Diane Hook
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy a good read
I have ready many of Gervase Phinn's books and they never fail to make me smile and even laugh aloud;
sometimes even shed a tear when memories are triggered. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A light hearted tale.
A pleasant easy read about a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Some social comment but primarily a light hearted look at the quirky characters the inspector encounters
Published 11 months ago by Diana J Febry
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELEY
Fantastic in all ways, scenary, people, relaxing. Would recommend to anyone. A+ A+ A+ A+. . . . . .
Published 13 months ago by Trevor R. Sealey
5.0 out of 5 stars Gervase Phinn - Haed over heels in dales
Arrived quickly in good order - this is a good read - classic Gervase Phinn writing if you like Gervase you will enjoy this book.
Published 13 months ago by Sandra Prater
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
good book to read about his life around school education and his personal life which is serious and also funny
Published 13 months ago by mpe
5.0 out of 5 stars head over heals
I couldn't put your book down Gervase. It is so true to life. I work in a non academic role in a village school. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Heather Fairgrieve
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