OVER HILL AND DALE accompanies Gervase Phinn during his second year as a school inspector in North Yorkshire. Some of the wonderful characters from his first book,THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DALE, re-appear, from Mrs Savage (by name and nature), to the endearing school governor Lord Marrick, and Christine Bently of Winnery Nook Nursery and Infant School. The real stars, of course, are the children themselves, whose innocent remarks make OVER HILL AND DALE such a joy.
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.