My copy of The Other Side of the Dale arrived a few days ago. Mr. Phinn is described as "the James Herriot of schools". So far, I've finished two chapters, and I would agree with this description. I had tears in my eyes at the end of both chapters, which is a trifle embarrassing when you're reading in the break room at work! Mr. Phinn has written a whole series of books (I'm so glad!) about his years as County Inspector of Schools in North Yorkshire. You can tell that he loves his work and the people of his county. I look forward to many more wonderful books!
Shalom to all!