The School at the Top of the Dale

The School at the Top of the Dale

by Gervase Phinn


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'[Gervase Phinn is] a worthy successor to James Herriott, and every bit as endearing.' - bestselling author Alan Titchmarsh

Newly qualified teacher Tom Dwyer has been given his first post in Risingdale, a sleepy little village at the very top of the Yorkshire Dales. Unsure if he'll ever fit into this close-knit community, Tom joins a motley staff at the village school. With pupils who know more about sheep than they do arithmetic, Tom has his work cut out for him.

Add to that an altercation with the beautiful but stand-offish Miss Janette Fairborn and an argument with the local squire's son, and Tom's first term proves a baptism of fire. But Tom soon finds himself growing fond of Risingdale, and with a class of lively and demanding pupils, an end-of-term show to put on, and a jewellery thief at large, he will find himself at the centre of drama, secrets revealed, and plenty of love, laughter and new friendships.

Full of colourful characters, and laugh-out-loud moments, The School at the Top of the Dale is a warm and humorous portrayal of life in a small Yorkshire village.


'Well written and highly entertaining - exactly what I hope for from this author. ' - 5 STARS

'Another good read.' - 5 STARS

'A well written story about a small community full of interesting characters.' - 5 STARS

'Another gem.' - 5 STARS

'Again, a most enjoyable story. I cannot put the book down.' - 5 STARS

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473650596
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,027,572
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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,

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