The Other Side of the Dale
by Gervase Phinn
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Gervase Phinn reveals his first experiences as a school inspector on the Other Side of La DaleNewly appointed the County Inspector of Schools in North Yorkshire, Gervase Phinn reveals in this warm and delightfully humorous account, the experience of his first year in employment and education he isHe quickly learns that he has to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the countryside -‘tha’comin’ then, mester, or tha’stoppin’ you notice all day admirin’ t’viewHe meets some of the greatest that the life of the characters, from peasants and lords of the manor to the teaching of nuns and eccentric guardiansAnd, best of all, he discovers the charming and enchanting qualities of the Dales children, including the little boy, who, when told that he is not very talkative, replies: “If I owt-to say so, and if I owt to ask, I ask you”With his keen ear for the absurd and his sharp eye for ridicule, Gervase Phinn stories from the Other Side of La Dale will not fail to make you cry with laughterGervase Phinn’s memoirs made him a hero in the 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 inspectorHe has written autobiographies, novels, plays, collections of poetry and stories, as well as a number of books on educationHe holds five research fellowships, honorary doctorates from the Coque, Leicester and Sheffield Hallam universities, and is a patron of a number of children’s charities and organizations.He is married and father of four adult childrenHis books include L’Autre Côté de La Dale, par monts et par Vaux, La Tête Sur les Talons dans les Vallons, Au Cœur des Vallons, en Haut et en Bas dans les Vallons et de la Difficulté à la Petite École du Village
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