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Stately Pursuits Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde does not write a series of “village stories” but she uses a village setting in several of her novels to use the type of characters and relationships one finds in that sort of close knit community. Fresh, funny... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2003
Village School Miss Read
The first in the Fairacre novels series. A gentle story following a school year from the Christmas term through to Summer. Along the way we meet the meet the villagers and see their ups and downs as they cope with... Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 15/05/2006
Thrush Green Miss Read
Thrush Green is the neighbouring village to Fairacre which leads to a whole new set of characters for us to enjoy. The first novel in the series is set on one particular May Day when the fair has come to... Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 01/02/2007
The New Rector Rebecca Shaw
Rebecca Shaw’s books are a like an updated version of the Miss Read novels. Life revolves around the village of Turnham Malpas, this first follows the arrival of the new rector and his wife and although these novels have the... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2000
Village Diary Miss Read
The second Fairacre novel introduces us to more of the village characters with each chapter representing a month in the village calendar. Our narrator, Miss Read, relates all the village happenings with good humour, even when it involves the fact... Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 15/05/2006
Winter in Thrush Green Miss Read
Miss Read vividly evokes a tale of rural village life which is so charming and gentle it makes you want to pack your bags and move to the country. Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 01/02/2007
Talk of the Village Rebecca Shaw
This is the second in the Turnham Malpas series and Shaw develops the characters from the first as well as bringing in new intriguing ones. She is a very good story teller which is why you find yourself so immersed... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/1999
Paradise Fields Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde creates a great sense of community in this tale of a woman’s mission to save the market and meadow she loves when it is threatened by the new owner of “The Big House” in Paradise Fields. Not only... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2004
Anyone nostalgic for a simpler time, when life wasn’t all 100mph confusion, will love our new Village Life feature. This month we have put together a selection of novels centred on the unique and ever popular theme of English village life.
We have the newly re-jacketed Miss Read’s novels which have been enthralling readers since the 1950’s with their charming stories about English village life. To give you a taste we have chosen the first two novels from each of Miss Read’s long running series about the Cotswold villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green, told with a wry sense of humour they are delightful and engaging stories.
Then why not try Rebecca Shaw and the villagers of Turnham Malpas with scandals and dramas galore. Finally have a peek at Katie Fforde she will have you laughing all over the countryside with her novels, described by The Independent as "Jilly Cooper for the grown-ups!".
We hope you find something to enjoy and there are plenty more to read when you find you have become completely hooked and if you’re too busy to spend all day baking scones and dead-heading roses, then these books will have much the same rejuvenating effect.