Head Over Heels in the Dales, Paperback

Head Over Heels in the Dales Paperback

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"Head Over Heels in the Dales" is the third volume in Gervase Phinn's bestselling "Dales Series". 'Could you tell me how to spell "sex" please?'. Gervase Phinn thinks he's heard just about everything in his two years as a school inspector, but a surprising enquiry from an angelic six-year-old reminds him never to take children for granted.

This year Gervase has lots of important things on his mind - his impending marriage to Christine Bentley (the prettiest headteacher for miles around), finding somewhere idyllic to live in the Yorkshire Dales, and the chance of a promotion.

All of which generate their fair share of excitement, aided and abetted as usual by his colleagues in the office.

In "Head Over Hells in the Dales", join Gervase Phinn in the classroom where he faces his greatest challenge: keeping a straight face as teachers and children alike conspire to have him laughing out loud. "Gervase Phinn's memoirs have made him a hero in school staff-rooms". ("Daily Telegraph"). Gervase Phinn is an author and educator from Rotherham who, after teaching for fourteen years in a variety of schools, moved to North Yorkshire to be a school inspector. He has written autobiographies, novels, plays, collections of poetry and stories, as well as a number of books about education.

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 organizations.

He is married with four adult children. His books include "The Other Side of the Dale", "Over Hill and Dale", "Head Over Heels in the Dales", "The Heart of the Dales", "Up and Down in the Dales" and "Trouble at the Little Village School".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780141005225



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Book Number 3 in the Dales series by Gervase Phinn. Another delightful book full of anecdotal tales. This story also delves a little more into the personal lives of the various characters we've come to know pretty well over the course of the previous two books - in actual fact, it can be likened to getting to know colleagues at work: a few interesting facts and titbits dropped here and there in the course of the rest of the story. So we hear about Connie's father, and Harold's intention to retire, and, as always, the backdrop to the rest of the story is the love affair between Gervase and Christine, who is now Mrs Phinn.I'm thoroughly enjoying my romp through these gentle books.

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Third in Gervase Phinn's autobiographical accounts of life as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Very enjoyable with some humour and good characterisation. The series seems to improve with each book so far.

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