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Road to the Dales: The Story of a Yorkshire Lad

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Tells of a life full of happiness, conversation, music and books shared with the author's three siblings, mother and father. This book is a snapshot of growing up in Yorkshire in the 1950s - of school days and holidays as well as his tentative steps into the adult world.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Michael Joseph (first published January 1st 2010)
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Amanda
Gervase tells of a life full of happiness, conversation, music and books shared with his three siblings, mother and father. This book is a snapshot of growing up in Yorkshire in the 1950s - reminisce with Gervase, and share in his personal journey - of school days and holidays as well as his tentative steps into the adult world. You can devour numerous uproarious stories including the incident involving a broken greenhouse, crashing his brother's newly restored bike as well as secrets about his ...more
Em
I confess, I looked at the cover at this book and I wasn't sure it would be a book for me but many people on GR have spoken highly about Gervase Phinn so I overlooked my first impression and I'm glad that I did.

I thought this was a charming memoir of childhood in the Yorkshire Dales - Gervase Phinn writes fondly of his parents, siblings, friends and teachers. He is eloquent on matters of education - the unfairness of the 11+ and grammar school system, the problem of bullying within schools, the
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Danielle
I found this book mildly amusing. It's one of those books that have some very funny anecdotes and you are able to dip in and out without there being a plot or real storyline.

I've read all of the Dales series by Gervase and they are much more amusing (hilarious at times) and some of the stories from that series are replicated here.

I've also seen Gervase live. If you ever get the chance, go and see him. He is a better entertainer than writer, and he's not bad at the latter!
Aimee
Gervase Phinn is a delightful author and I very much loved his series. I will most certainly be buying his children's books for my children. Having enjoyed his books reading about him on a more personal level was lovely.
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