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Tales Out of School: Top of the Dale Book Two

Gervase Phinn

5 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The second in a delightful new series from bestselling author Gervase Phinn, set in a village at the top of the Yorkshire Dales, and following on from his acclaimed Dales and Little Village School series.

'A worthy successor to James Herriot, and every bit as endearing.' - Alan Titchmarsh on The Little Village School series

After an eventful start to his first ever teaching post in the sleepy village of Risingdale, Tom Dwyer is hoping for a bit of calm. Nursing a broken heart after a romantic disappointment, he just wants to keep his head down and get on with his job.

But it is not to be. A beautiful London artist sets tongues wagging when she moves into the village, and her precocious yet frail son is in Tom's class. On top of that, his colleague's malicious ex-husband is back, determined to create mischief, and a tragedy on one of the winding country roads sends the village reeling. And all this alongside a class of children who still seem to know more about farming than fractions.

With its colourful mix of characters both old and new and its many laugh-out-loud moments, Tales Out of School is a warm, humorous portrayal of life in a small Yorkshire village.

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Praise for Tales Out of School: Top of the Dale Book Two

  • Praise for the Little Village School series - -

  • Packed with delightful and authentic characters, juicy gossip, precarious romance and good old-fashioned village drama, this is a warm-hearted and hilarious account of a struggling school in a small community. - Good Book Guide

  • A worthy successor to James Herriot, and every bit as endearing. - Alan Titchmarsh

  • Written with all the humour and warmth one has come to expect from this master storyteller. - Countryman

  • As Yorkshire's favourite school inspector turns to fiction, you can enjoy memorable characters and turns of phrase. - Choice

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Gervase Phinn

Dr Gervase Phinn is a teacher, freelance lecturer, author, poet, 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 has four grown up children and four grandchildren and lives near Doncaster. Visit Gervase's website, www.gervase-phinn.com.

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