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The Heart of the Dales marks the welcome return of a much-loved cast of unforgettable characters. Awkward teachers, pompous school goverrs and fearsome lollipop ladies occasionally make Gervase Phinn's hectic job as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales more than difficult. But for Gervase, the focus, and challenge, remains the frankly spoken children. However, the new school year doesn't get off to the best start after a teacher intimates that Gervase has let him and his school down. So when he is called up in front of his new boss, the formidable Miss de la Mare, Gervase fears he is going to be in hot water. To add to his woes, he is given ather 'little job' by the Chief Education Officer, which inevitably means liaising with the infuriating and interfering Mrs Savage - the bain of the inspectors' lives. Meanwhile, away from the pressure of school, Gervase's life with wife Christine and their new baby son, is blissful - until an assortment of ises in the attic start to disturb their nights...
Gervase Phinn is a teacher, freelance lecturer, author, poet, school inspector, educational consultant, and visiting professor of education -- but none of these is more important to him than his family. Over the years Gervase taught in a range of schools before moving to North Yorkshire, where he spent ten years as a schools inspector. As well as writing for adults, Gervase is also a successful children's author published by Puffin. Gervase Phinn lives with his family near Doncaster.