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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444705407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705409
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,498 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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For those of us of a certain age, Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill is a wonderfully cheering title. When Gervase Phinn receives his peerage for services to good-heartedness, this will be the motto on his coat of arms: "Ex silvis sed non supra montem."... This entertaining and moving homework earns a good few merit marks. Gervase Phinn is not going downhill yet, by a long chalk on a blackboard (Independent, Jonathan Sale)

Packed with hilarious yarns on family, growing up and growing old, this is a marvellous book (Express)

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Bestselling author Gervase Phinn writes with warmth and wit on the pleasures and pains of growing older.


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By wil on 22 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you like Phinn's books and have read his others, then you've read 95% of this one. What a waste of time and money. How about a new book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By sarah on 18 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read Gervase Phinn's previous books and have to agree that the vast majority of this book has been in previous ones.
I would not recommend buying it as it gives the impression that he is scraping the bottom of the barrel for tales to tell.
What a disappointment.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you want witty observation that looks back from the everyman's point of view, then you really have to read Gervase Phinn's books. Told from an Ex-Teacher, School Inspector and public speakers memories, the general observations really do hit the mark with you so much so that you'll find yourself chuckling along on his journey.

It's definitely something unique and whilst we're not talking comedian humour here we are talking about a title that will make you laugh. There is definitely something for everyone within this title with excerpts that everyone of a certain age will identify as well as appreciate. All in a fun novel and one that the odd wedding speech may borrow from with ease.

Finally, if you get the chance to meet Gervase at a signing or a talk, take the opportunity, it's a wonderful night out, you'll laugh and a great night out will have been had. If you're worried, take a friend, they'll find it as funny as you and soon be a fan of the author. A man who can truly talk the birds from the trees.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By old age traveller on 6 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Saw Gervase Phinn on stage in Scotland this year (2011). Superb raconteur and marvellous writer who makes his characters, particularly children, come alive on the page. Just about the only writer I know who makes me laugh out loud and inwardly weep for the occasional child who has a rough time in childhood. As a Yorkshire Lass myself I can even understand, and speak, the Yorkshire dialect he intermittently writes in. You can always tell "outsiders" because they have no concept of the glottal "t"! He uses it to great effect for those of us in the know...

His use of words generally is phenomenal and I envy his skill in the "mot just" for all occasions.

If I had a criticism it would be that many of his encounters are repeated almost verbatim in his other books but as his writings are books to be read and read again, this is just a small matter.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SBB on 13 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've loved all Phinn's previous books - lovely gentle, amusing reads - but this one is dreadful. It is a combination of stories repeated from his previous books interspersed with lists of strange place names and oddly spelt words and an enormous amount of preachy, holier-than-thou comments.

A great disappointment and it would certainly deter any new reader who picked up the book of reading his other works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alleycat on 20 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this quite a strange book in some ways. Whilst reading it I felt that it read more like a collection of short articles than a book with a beginning, a middle and an end. It was only when I read the acknowledgements at the end that I found that this was how some of the contents first appeared.

Some previous reviews suggest that if you have all of the `Dales' books then there is nothing new in this, but that isn't the case - there is new material in here - although there are also some anecdotes from the earlier books.

Having said that, I did enjoy it, but overall I was somewhat underwhelmed - however that's only my personal feeling and maybe because the book wasn't quite what I expected.

I think, if you were somebody who can only grab 5 or 10 minutes here and there to read, then this would be ideal - a commuter reading in snatches on the journey to work for instance - but personally I like something I can get my teeth into a bit more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I'd not read this guy before, it was recommended as i'd been reading Jack Sheffield. I does what it says in the reviews on back. Has you laughing out loud. Which was a little embarassing as i first started reading it whilst travelling on a plane. Thoroughly enjoyed his little quipps and tales. Light hearted and enjoyable. I just bought another two, i hope there as good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. Parsons on 13 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Having read the various reviews, I bought this for my brother who had never heard of Gervase Phinn he has since passed it to me to read, wasn't sure what to expect, but it's brilliant. Kept us both amused.
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