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Over Hill and Dale [Paperback]

Gervase Phinn
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Book Description

24 Sep 2009

Over Hill and Dale is the second volume in Gervase Phinn's bestselling Dales series.

'Miss, who's that funny man at the back of the classroom?

So begins school-inspector Gervase Phinn's second year among the frankly spoken pupils and teachers of North Yorkshire - the sight of Gervase with his notebook and pen provokes unexpected reactions from the children and adults alike.

But Gervase is far from daunted - he is ready to brave the steely glare of the officious Mrs Savage, and even feels up to helping Dr Gore organize a gathering of the Feofees - just as soon as someone tells him what they are! He is still in pursuit of the lovely headteacher Christine Bentley, but will she feel the same?

This is a delectable second helping of hilarious tales from the man who has been dubbed 'the James Herriot of schools'. In Over Hill and Dale, Gervase Phinn will have you 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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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140281290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140281293
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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 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 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 Fello of St John's College, York.

Gervase lives with his family in Doncaster.


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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Being a teacher and having survived the dreaded OFSTED, I was drawn to read about the life of a school inspector in the hope that it would make them seem more human! Gervase Phinn writes with honesty and warmth abouth his experiences whilst working as an inspector in North Yorkshire.
At times I was laughing out loud at his tales. Phinn describes in detail the sort of embarrassing incidents that you believe only happen to yourself! I especially loved his account of when he caught head lice and then passed them on to all his colleagues in the education department!
Phinn details the lessons that he has observed and the words of wisdom that came from the mouths of the children. He shows a genuine interest in the children and is at times moved to tears by their contributions.
This book will be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of humour but especially those in the education sector!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So real! 6 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'm a school secretary and (although I don't always come across incidents in the same situation as a teacher may do), during my 11 years in this job, I have seen and heard some very, very funny things! Gervaise Phinn just sums them all up!
You don't have to work in a school to appreciate the humour and events contained within this author's books. Everyone can identify with the characters (we all know at least one of them!) and, especially if you are from Yorkshire, you cannot fail to smile at many of the little anecdotes contained within!
A lovely book and a joy to read!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire Tales to Warm the Heart 9 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Gervase Phinn writes in the way you imagine most teachers would - with a wry view of the world supported with anecdotes from the classroom. The result in this case is a tale that I could not put down.
Phinn describes superbly the landscape and attitudes of Yorkshire. If you have lived there and loved it as I have, then so much of this will ring true.
I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is diconbobulated by the violence and harshness of City living - a true tonic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure 23 July 2011
By C. Rucroft VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the second book in the Dales series (It goes 'The Other Side of the Dale', 'Over Hill and Dale', 'Head Over Heels in the Dale', 'Up and Down in the Dales' and 'The Heart of the Dales'). They tell the story of Gervase Phinn's school inspector days. This book is about his second year.

The book made me chuckle to myself but it wasn't quite as good as the first. This wasn't helped by the fact that I have read 'Twinkle, Twinkle' (which is a collection of tales by Gervase) and many of the tales from this book are in there. I also read it straight after the first and feel it might be an idea to have a break between the books so they don't become too 'samey'.

I will read the rest of the series, just not one after another.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I've just finished reading this book and am so disappointed that I'm now going to have to wait until October for Mr Phinn's new book to be published. It's warm, gentle humour has had me laughing out load .......and I'm not a teacher !!! If you want a feel good read, buy this book and enjoy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 16 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
This is more of the same from Gervase Phinn - the second year of his job as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Once again, we meet a cast of wonderful characters, including the three other inspectors - Harold, David and Sidney; Connie, the rather draconian caretaker of the Staff Development Centre; and, of course, Miss Christine Bentley, the beautiful young headmistress that Phinn is gradually falling in love with.

The writing is eloquent and at times beautiful, as Phinn describes the awesome sights of the Yorkshire Dales that he encountours in the course of his school inspections. There is also a wonderful sense of his deep and abiding respect for the institution of teaching, and the part that teachers have to pay in the formative years of children.

The children here are the stars of the show - blunt, yet innocent Yorkshire children who are more accustomed to seeing rabbits being shot as pests than as the main characters in stories by Beatrix Potter! There are little anecdotes about each school visit, including some lovely tales of nativity plays.

The other side of the Yorkshire Dales is also explored here - the inner city schools and in some places the dire lack of basic education for children who are not expected to amount to more than factory workers and labourers.

Altogether, a delightful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over Hill and Dale 31 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
I have read all of the five "Dales" books as I am a former teacher turned teaching assistant who works in a primary school in the same area where Gervase Phinn used to work. I feel that I can relate to the stories as I often see and hear the most humorous things that children say and the teaching staff encounter! The books are "unputdownable" and draw the reader straight into the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. I think that Gervase Phinn has a natural talent for storytelling as these 5 books show. Also if you ever get the chance, do go and see him live, his stage show is brilliant.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful tale of Yorkshire folk, gentle humour. 11 Dec 2001
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. It is full of witty and well observed incidents. The characters are nicely described and the scenery......well it makes you want to go. These books are similar to the Herriot series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting and funny book.,
Published 2 days ago by Brian Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book with a really good story line
Very enjoyable book with a really good story line. Have bought the series on my Kindle and working my way through them.
Published 20 days ago by Diane Burt
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A great read. Images of a much gentler time when children were children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh a little.
Always a laugh with this author.
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I love all his books and this is no exception
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Really enjoy the stories of his interactions with children.
Published 3 months ago by Dawn Killner
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Yorkshire Humour
Again another cracking read from the maestro of the Yorkshire dialect and earthy humour. Wonderfully descriptive and engaging.A must read!
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Got this for my wife on her birthday as I had bought her one of his later books she wanted this one.
Published 4 months ago by KeithE
5.0 out of 5 stars Smile maker.
A great book full of laughs and characters. Also plenty of touches about life, love and all things magical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire tale
Very good could not put it down I found it was very good and well written will look for more by same author
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