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The Other Side of the Dale [Format Kindle]

Gervase Phinn
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Gervase Phinn reveals his early experiences as a school inspector in The Other Side of the Dale.

As the newly appointed County Inspector of Schools in North Yorkshire, Gervase Phinn reveals in this warm and wonderfully humorous account, the experiences of his first year in the job - and what an education it was!

He quickly learns that he must slow his pace and appreciate the beautiful countryside - 'Are tha'comin' in then, mester, or are tha' stoppin' out theer all day admirin' t'view?' He encounters some larger-than-life characters, from farmers and lords of the manor to teaching nuns and eccentric caretakers. And, best of all, he discovers the delightful and enchanting qualities of the Dales children, including the small boy, who, when told he's not very talkative, answers: 'If I've got owt to say I says it, and if I've got owt to ask I asks it.'

With his keen ear for the absurd and sharp eye for the ludicrous, Gervase Phinn's stories in The Other Side of the Dale will not fail to make you weep with laughter.

'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.

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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 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 Fello of St John's College, York.Gervase lives with his family in Doncaster.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 la fraîcheur de l'enfance 17 septembre 2002
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Gervase Phinn nous prend par la main et nous fait partager son quotidien avec les enfants et leur vie en classe. Il en retire une fraîcheur et un sens de l'humour qu'il garde même lorsqu'il raconte des événements de sa vie d'adulte.
A recommander à tous les enseignants et ceux qui ont la nostalgie des bancs de l'école.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Through a teachers eyes 10 juin 2000
Par Irene McGinney - Publié sur
Having heard Gervais Phinn talk on an afternoon chat show describing his life as a schools inspector with humour and great dedication I was anxious to read his book "The Other Side of the Dale".
It was one of those texts which you find incredibly difficult to put down. I laughed out loud at his desciptions of answers given by small children and was able to relate them to my own experiences as an infant teacher.
He has the "gift of the gab" and enthralls his readers from the very first chapter.
One can tell by his writing that he is an honest and sincere person whose very love of life is the reason why he does the work he takes great delight in.
He shares every laugh & sometimes tear in a way that is as if he is an old friend and you are together catching up on news and gossip.
His character descriptions are vivid and allow you to picture this wealth of strange colleagues very clearly.
His romance with the "lovely Christine" is a joy to behold and I could hardly contain myself to wait for his second book to find out what happened.
He writes of his experiences with a truthful and interesting style which carries the reader along with him on his journey through country lanes and among the hedgerows of the farming communities where he travelled.
I felt that I was with him as he stood at picture windows looking out on the magnificent and striking views of the Dales.
There is a childlike quality in the way he sees life - it is honest and open. He writes of things he sees with an element of awe and wonder [like a child seeing their first aeroplane, balloon, etc.] and colours the pages with his glorious grasp of language.
I have read this text twice and listened to it being read by the author on audio-tape [A MAGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE! ]
I have also been fortunate to have obtained a copy of his second book "Over Hill and Dale" which is also up there with the best. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING [not just for those in education]
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vivid Character Sketches, Loving Pictures of a Unique Place 2 octobre 2002
Par Scott N. Stone - Publié sur
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Phinn clearly loves children, schools and Yorkshire. His pictures of the countryside, of its stalwart but reserved people, and of their dialect, invite favorable comparison with James Herriott. This is a special place, largely unspoiled by McDonalds and internet chat rooms, and that alone is a reason to celebrate while reading the book.
Phinn observes and writes honestly, capturing with equanimity and good humor a range of personalities from child prodigy to tyrannical administrative assistant. Sure, there are dozens of portraits of cute kids who say funny things, and of dedicated teachers who have mastered the ineffable art of educating. These alone are worth the price of the book. But want a trenchant dissection of exactly what makes an annoying person annoying? Phinn lays it out, while maintaining his humor and emotional distance and never conveying any feeling that he is settling old scores.
And yes, there is the thread of his sometimes-stumbling courtship of the alluring Miss Bentley. That also keeps one turning the pages.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Lovely Read 21 février 2014
Par Helena - Publié sur
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Each of Mr. Phinn's books is delightfully charming and amusingly witty. Each is a pleasant and peaceful read. Being an American, I also found the descriptions of the British school system fascinating. And, of course, who can resist anything set in Yorkshire? I can't! Mr. Phinn doesn't quite have that certain special something that James Herriot captured in his wriitings...but almost!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Warm, charming reminiscences of the North Yorkshire Dales. 12 octobre 2013
Par J. Lesley - Publié sur
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For those of us who often want to read something which is enjoyable and yet relaxing at the same time, this novel by Gervase Phinn certainly hits the spot. Recounting his experiences during his first year as a school inspector, Phinn takes us on many trips through North Yorkshire that puts the reader in the center of that wonderful landscape and among those truly fascinating people. The book was first released in 1998 and has held up very well from the standpoint of technology within the school systems because it doesn't rely heavily on that technology. This book has its focus firmly on the relationships between Phinn and the people he comes into contact with while learning his new job.

The prose is warm and comfortable, even comforting at times, because it represents such a change from the mad rush in which we are so often forced to live our lives these days. Phinn shows us how these stalwart people of the Dales manage to slow him down as they enjoy their more rural way of life. Since Mr. Phinn is also a poet, his descriptions of the people he meets and the physical landscapes he sees are nothing short of brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book and plan to continue reading many more in the series. If you like this type of novel which walks you down memory lane to slower paced times in the English countryside, you might also enjoy the Miss Read books such as Village School (The Fairacre Series #1) and Thrush Green (Thrush Green Series, Book 1). If you enjoyed either reading the novels or watching the television series about James Herriot, then Gervase Phinn will certainly be an author you will want to sample.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good laugh 19 avril 2013
Par Sarah - Publié sur
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Great book. It had me laughing all the way through - sorry when it came to the last page. A good belly laugh book. Thanks.
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