read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

Gervase Phinn and books for March

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Well, personally I think I was very brave to read this book. Why? Well, I knew it was not the first book in the series and I always prefer to start at the start, so to speak. But I was looking something lightweight, humorous and undemanding and Hubby, who's read them all, said it didn't matter because the author reminds you who's who anyway. So, I took the plunge and thoroughly enjoyed Over Hill and Dale by Gervase Phinn, the second book in the series. Mr. Phinn was (and maybe still is) a schools inspector for English in the county of Yorkshire. To be more precise, The Yorkshire Dales area. The series of books recounts his experiences in that job be they funny, sad, poignant, frustrating, whatever, in an honest and self deprecating manner. He also has a very nice way with words. His descriptions of The Dales are beautiful... you're transported to this lovely area and his words make you want to pack your bags and get on the next train. I shall definitely look for the first one next time I'm in the library and try to read those that follow on as well.

1. Diplomatic Baggage - Brigid Keenan
2. Straight Face - Nigel Hawthorne
3. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - Alan Garner
4. The Moon of Gomrath - Alan Garner
5. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella
6. Knit One, Kill Two - Maggie Sefton
7. Cirque Du Freak - Darren Shan
8. The Vampire's Assistant - Darren Shan
9. Practically Perfect - Katie Fford
10. Over Hill and Dale - Gervase Phinn

Ten books this month. Gosh. A lot for me. I should admit though that several were shorter and others were definitely comfort, cosy type reads that I whizzed through pretty quickly. All enjoyed though and that, after all, is the object of the exercise.
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