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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.


I'm so glad that you enjoyed this!

And P's right, you can read them out of order. I think I read the third, or maybe the second first. But like you that did make me feel a little 'strange' as I too like to begin at the beginning.

But these books are great fun; excellent reads.

Do you realise that of the ten books you've read this month I've read four of them ;-)
I've just checked the Devon library site and they apparently have a hardback edition of the first one on the shelves at the moment. So I might ask P to take me over to pick that up tomorrow and look for that Sophie Kinsella at the same time.

I didn't realise that you'd read four of my March reads but when I looked I could see easily which ones. This is fun. :-)
Oh, that's brilliant! What a useful person P is going to be.

I bet you could guess and yes, it is indeed.
Oh I really like the sound of this! It sounds rather like "All Creatures Great and Small" but with children... And I'm very much enjoying your recs and lists too - I feel like I'll have much more ammunition for those odd occasions when I go to a bookshop and for some bizarre reason end up totally uninspired - so thank you!
Well, I've only seen the TV series of All Creatures Great and Small, not read the books so I can't vouch for the similarity. I would imagine it was the case though, yes.

so thank you!

My pleasure. (And it is... I love doing this.)
And 'ooooh!!' I've just noticed your 'Doyle reading a book' icon. Love it.
Thanks to ilywela13! I'd been wanting a book icon for ages, but couldn't find one that I liked. This one is perfect!
Sounds fun -- I've just reserved it at the library. Thanks for the tip!
The first one is called, The Other Side of the Dale if you want to read that one first. But really, I'm not sure it makes that much difference.
It seems to be the only one available at the moment.