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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014100522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141005225
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,130 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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The third in the funny, anecdotal series about life in the Dales from the 'James Herriot' of school inspectors. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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 Advisor for Language Development in Rotherham before moving on to North Yorkshire, where he spent ten years as a school inspector - time that has provided so much source material for his books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, York.

Gervase lives with his family in Doncaster.


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 2002
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 By A Customer on 26 April 2002
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 By A Customer on 14 Jun 2003
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 By BeeBee on 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 By A Customer on 17 April 2002
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"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 By Silver on 21 Jun 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Rutter on 16 Jun 2010
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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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By Ian Wood on 11 July 2014
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Brilliant Author
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