Out of the Woods But Not Over the Hill

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Press: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
Author Name:Phinn, Gervase


For Gervase Phinn growing old is not about a leisurely walk to the pub for a game of dominoes or snoozing in his favourite armchair. 
As this sparkling collection of his very best humorous writing shows, he may be 'out of the woods' but he is certainly not 'over the hill'.Looking back over more than sixty years of family life, teaching, inspecting schools, writing and public speaking, Gervase never fails to unearth humour, character, warmth and wisdom from the most diverse of experiences, whether they be growing up in Rotherham with the most un-Yorkshirelike of names or describing why loud mobile phone users get his goat.Brimming with nostalgia, gently mocking life's absurdities, never shy of an opinion, this is Gervase Phinn at his wittiest, twinkly-eyed best.

About the Author

Gervase Phinn is a teacher, freelance lecturer, author, poet, school inspector, educational consultant, and visiting professor of education. 
For fourteen years he taught in a range of schools, then acted as General Adviser for Language Development in Rotherham before moving on to North Yorkshire, where he spent ten years as a school inspector - time that has provided 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.
He lives with his family near Doncaster.


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Comment List (Total:7)

  •     great books , well worth reading , 5 star all the way round ,,,
  •     I've read all of Mr. Phinn's work up to now and this is one of his best. He is wonderful in his flashbacks to the humorous things children have said. Highly recommended reading.
  •     OK, although my favorites are his tales of being a school inspector.
  •     I have read all Gervase Phinn's books over the years. This, as with the others, was very enjoyable. He has a lovely sense of humour, never unpleasant, and his books are a joy to read.
  •     it is a good book, I'm sure it is and I like its fine but I don't think it should be compared and said to be as good as James Herriot just not the same at all
  •     I have enjoyed Dr. Phinn's other books, and was glad to see this memoir. As a retired schoolteacher, his territory is familiar to me, even if his experience is in Great Britain, and mine is in the American Midwest--kids are kids, and so, too are parents. I enjoyed every word, and recommend it highly.
  •     It's an enjoyable read with interesting characters. However, he has pat phrases and descriptions that show up again and again in this book and in his other books.

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