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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014100522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141005225
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
"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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He writes interesting and sometimes amusing books. I've read several, and a lot of the same material is in most of them. It's hard to distinguish which is non-fiction and which is fiction, as the characters keep popping up in different books under different names. His use of adjectives is somewhat lacking in variation too. Great seems to be his favourite for describing anything that is large, great appears in almost every paragraph. His use of similes is also tedious. The same ones crop up ad nauseum. I found them very irritating. Face like a smacked bottom, rat up a drainpipe, on and on they go. My English teacher would have given me low marks for such writing, and probably made me re-write everything. For such a highly qualified man, and English Inspector for Schools no less, I think his writing is somewhat poor in general, though the stories are quite entertaining.
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I couldn't put your book down Gervase. It is so true to life. I work in a non academic role in a village school. When School finishes I hear their little chatter and smile at some of their little sayings BUT it isn't until someone like yourself writes all the anecdotes down that a child comes up with. That you can really appreciate the humour it holds. I have told the Teachers about your stories only to find out some have read your books and like myself found them very entertaining. Keep on writing in this style we love it.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Another one of Mr Phinn's experiences of his working life. Since we purchased several of his audio books - it was cheaper than down loading for MP3 - my wife has tried to wear out her CD player and its batteries! I have not listened (yet) but can rate this on the smile factor it creates on my wife's face.
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