- Audio CD
- Publisher: Penguin; abridged edition (31 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141805846
- ISBN-13: 978-0141805849
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 14.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Over Hill and Dale Audio CD – Audiobook, Abridged
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"Gervase Phinn's memoirs have made him a hero in school staff-rooms." "Daily Telegraph"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
GERVASE PHINN was a teacher for fourteen years before becoming Senior General Inspector with North Yorkshire County Council. He is now a freelance lecturer and schools adviser. He has published several collections of plays and stories.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a retired teacher, I find Gervaise Phinn's books fascinating, and so funny. The children's comments and observations are hilarious. An extremely good read.Published 1 month ago by goeash
My wife says she will enjoy the book, so I will have quiet evenings for a while.Published 4 months ago by Mr. M. J. Shearn
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT REALLY PLEASED AND IMPRESSED WITH THIS PRODUCT GREAT QUALITYPublished 6 months ago by Mr. D. Grice
Bought to replace one I'd borrowed and lost. Absolutely fine. Thanks!Published 8 months ago by Annie