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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444705598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705591
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,116 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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This heartwarming tale makes ideal holiday reading (News of the World)

As Yorkshire's favourite school inspector turns to fiction you can enjoy memorable characters and turns of phrase. (Choice)

Written with all the humour and warmth one has come to expect from this master storyteller. (Countryman)

There's gossip in the village shop, and the new curate is raising eyebrows. It's all classic Gervase Phinn (Choice magazine)

Packed with delightful and authentic characters, juicy gossip, precarious romance and good old-fashioned village drama, this is a warm-hearted and hilarious account of a struggling school in a small community (The Good Book Guide)

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The follow-up to THE LITTLE VILLAGE SCHOOL by the bestselling author of the Dales series, Gervase Phinn. A charming, warm-hearted and funny tale of life in a village primary school with a new headmistress.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon J. Archer on 3 Nov. 2012
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Volume two in what will hopefully be a long series of books telling the story of a fictional school in the Yorkshire Dales, this is an amusing but realistic story, obviously drawing on the author's lifetime experience as a School Inspector. If you enjoyed the first book, then you will love this sequel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anne Earls on 15 Oct. 2012
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Having previously enjoyed the first of this series by Gervase I was really looking forward to reading his second offering. I was not disappointed. The characters are so well drawn that you feel you actually know them and as with the first book I love the apt names he has given each person in the village. The story drew you along and thankfully all the characters ended up as I hoped they would. I was a little surprised to find myself actually feeling a little sorry for Miss Sowerbutts in this book. I hope the village books do not end here as I'd like to see how Danny and some of the others progress.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Davetimber on 21 Nov. 2012
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Trouble at the village school, Good story but must be read in right order of story, I would recommend both books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Country Publications on 16 Oct. 2013
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This second instalment of Gervase's Barton-in-the-Dale series focuses once again on the fiesty Elisabeth Devine, newly appointed head teacher at the village primary school.

She has only just cemented her popularity amongst pupils, fellow teachers and villagers, than she encounters fresh challenges. There's a move to amalgamate two local schools and Elisabeth has to fight for the new headship with a ruthless rival; and just as Elisabeth and the local doctor are falling for each other, the arrival of Elisabeth's ex-husband and a new female curate proves that the course of true love never did run smooth.

Gervase has the rare ability of making initially dislikeable figures (an embitttered former headmistress, an estranged grandmother who disrupts an adoption) into sympathetic characters, and he intersperses his readable narrative with acute observations of village life.

A witty, warmhearted and wise novel from this master storyteller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stakis on 10 Nov. 2012
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This is a nice follow up to the first book "The Little Village School". We learn about the fate of the school and its Head Mistress Mrs Devine. Mr. Phinn leaves room for a third book that I hope he will consider writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MRS S P HARRIS on 26 Sept. 2013
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Humorous and heart-warming - just as I've come to expect from this author. I'm now intending to purchase more of his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 0191granddad on 11 Sept. 2013
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Story was enjoyable if a bit predictable. It was not quite to the standard of his earlier books about his time as an Inspector.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William on 11 Dec. 2012
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I just enjoy reading about young children at school, particularly in part of the country that I am not too familiar with. There is a tendency because he is a Yorkshireman, for him to overdo the sentiment and perhaps he exaggerates anything attached to living in Yorkshire but I still enjoyed it.
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