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-Yorkshire like 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.
I love the Dales series. This memoir doesn’t live up to those. The biggest difference for me was the lack of a narrative arc. The Dale books have a beginning, middle, and end. This feels like random stories collected under loose headings.
Also, not all of the stories felt like they were original to him. I have heard/read them elsewhere. I was surprised at that from him. What were his editors thinking?
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Gervase Phinn narrate this wonderful book. I will certainly buy many, many more by this author.
If you could sum up Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill in three words, what would they be?
Witty, fun, intresting
What did you like best about this story?
I loved listening to this book. After reading other of Gervase's books this book gives you an insight into where he got many of his ideas for settings , characters and story lines.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I enjoyed Gervase's ramblings about the English language. They were fascinating and written in such a way that they also humorous
Any additional comments?
Although I enjoyed this book, if you have read his other books, you do find yourself covering the same material that he has written before.
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Brilliant writing and narration. couldn't be better. much enjoyed. It brought stories to life. yvonne
gervas phinn brings the characters to life he is very funny but also very sad in parts