• Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill

  • By: Gervase Phinn
  • Narrated by: Gervase Phinn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Gervase Phinn (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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Ann excellent book.

An excellent book with Gervase Phinn's gentle sense of humor running through each chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be returning for a re-hearing in future.

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A Full Burst Nostalgia Moment

I used to live in the area that his books are set in and I first read them there, now I am on the other side of the world - and it's nice to take a walk down memory lane. I missed seeing Gervase in person (though I was at a conference he spoke at) too, so this is the first opportunity I've had to listen to him speak his stories. This is a charming collection of Yorkshire anecdotes. It's not quite his fictional series in that it's a wander down memory lane rather than something with a beginning, middle and an end. It's still a genuinely lovely experience. I thoroughly recommend it if you want a slice of English life outside of London and hints of a bygone era. I will be picking up his other Audible title soon.

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Not as good as expected

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?

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Wonderful!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Gervase Phinn narrate this wonderful book. I will certainly buy many, many more by this author.

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  • T. Turner
  • 12-10-13

I loved this book

If you could sum up Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill in three words, what would they be?

Witty, fun, intresting

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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.

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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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  • Regular customer
  • 08-04-21

brilliant

as always, funny, sad, poignant and thought provoking, a masterpiece in social observance and social history. Beautiful language and reflections on a time gone by where everything seemed happier and simpler than life as we know it now. Pure escapism and thoroughly enjoyable. If I was to have a dinner party I would love Gervaise Phinn to be present!

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  • Andy Williams
  • 01-13-20

Out of the woods, time to reminisce, laugh out loud, and connect with school yard characters!

Anyone who loves to reminisce and gentle humour, maybe us oldies over 50,,,,reliving our young school days, great for travel listening and to snuggle up helping me go to sleep, inevitably reawakening a few times through the night with story still going and easy to pick up again, enjoy.

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  • Elizabeth Y Bennett
  • 12-01-17

wonderfully enjoyable

Brilliant writing and narration. couldn't be better. much enjoyed. It brought stories to life. yvonne

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  • Kay Robinson
  • 11-11-17

brilliant

gervas phinn brings the characters to life he is very funny but also very sad in parts

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  • Mrs M E Burstow
  • 09-14-22

Just a repeat

I enjoyed Gervase Phinn’s earlier books, but this one is just boring.
A rehash of stories already told, a chance to let off steam on his pet theories and showing off using clever words “Thirty words which are hard to spell”
Good for sending you to sleep at night, but that is about it.

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  • Yvonne Delacy
  • 12-26-21

Wonderful

Another really entertaining book by Gervais. All his books are fantastic. I must say I’ve never laughed so much. And also I find them so comforting, they remind us older ones of how life used to be .

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  • lyndelou
  • 04-17-21

another brilliant book.

i particularly like the poem about his son and daughter in law. there were many interesting stories within this book and i enjoyed being transported back through time.