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Out of the Woods But Not Over the Hill Paperback – 9 Jun 2011
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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)
Bestselling author Gervase Phinn writes with warmth and wit on the pleasures and pains of growing older.See all Product description
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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.
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.
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.
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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Read this book with disappointment. considering his qualifications in English, I'm surprised at the poor use of certain adjectives, and the abundance of similes that irritated me.Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Oriel G. Bayliss
These are my husbands books.he chuckles away to himself while reading them. Always amusing.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
What I have read so far, about half way throught is brilliant, can't really put it down, but have to.Published 16 months ago by Mags
This is an easy to read book written with great humour . This paperback version is good value for money and in addition, was sent on time and was well packaged. Thank you.Published 19 months ago by Bee S.