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Miss Read, or in real life Dora Saint, was born 17 April 1913. A teacher by profession, she started writing after the Second World War for Punch and other journals and as a scriptwriter for the BBC. She is the author of many immensely popular books, including two autobiographical works, but it is for her novels of English rural life for which she is best known. The first of these, Village School, was published in 1955 and Miss Read continued to write about the fictitious villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green until her retirement in 1996. She lives in Berkshire, and in the 1998 New Year Honours list was awarded an MBE for her services to literature. She died in April 2012.
If you want heart-warming reading then look no further than the unrivaled Miss Read. This delightful omnibus edition of A Country Christmas and Christmas at Fairacre is packed with unforgettable characters, enchanting stories and Christmas cheer and really is the perfect festive treat for all Miss Read fans!
The next in the Thrush Green Series bringing back all the old familiar characters and setting them in a lovely cosy Christmas setting perfect for a winter warmer read. A note for die-hard fans this is a story written in collaboration with Miss Read rather than by the author herself but continues the stories of well loved characters as the author intended.
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.
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 the village. This is a great introduction to some new characters and a reminder of gentler times.
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 that the villagers are trying to marry her off or sheâs battling with her miserable cleaner at the school. Gentle, feel-good reading.
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 day to day village life. These are a comment on a gentler way of life, touching and heart-warming with wonderful observations and dry humour. If you like the Vicar of Dibley or Darling Buds of May definitely have a read of these.
A nostalgic collection on rural schools, childhood and English country life from the much-loved author of VILLAGE SCHOOL. From organising the school summer fete... 'Because of our inability to recognise our climatic shortcomings from the outset, arrangements for outdoor jollities get completely out of hand'.
A heart-warming tale of an unexpected Christmas visitor...Taken from CHRISTMAS AT FAIRACRE, a delightfully nostalgic festive tale from the ever-popular Miss Read.The last few years have been very difficult for Mrs Berry, her widowed daughter and two grandchildren. But with Christmas almost upon them, Mrs Berry hopes the festive season will work its magic and life will begin to improve for everyone.The last thing Mrs Berry anticipates are two unexpected visitors who arrive on the night of Christmas Eve, visitors who, each in their own way, mark a new beginning - and not just for the Berry family...
Taken from A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, this is the perfect short tale for the festive season.When the Emery family first moved into the village of Fairacre, the locals were not entirely sure what to make of them. With three children, and another on the way, Mrs Emery didn't exactly fit the villagers' idea of a perfect mother. On Christmas morning, with the sunshine catching the frost on the thatched roofs, there is an unexpected knock at the door of the cottage where Miss Margaret Waters and her sister Mary live. And the events which unfold that day ensure a very different Christmas to any either have seen in all their lives...
The School at Thrush Green returns readers to the heart of the Cotswolds just as beloved primary school teachers Dorothy Watson and Agnes Fogerty announce their retirement and make plans to leave Thrush Green and buy a new home at Barton-on-Sea. The village people are aflutter with the news, musing about the teachers' replacements, the fate of the schoolhouse, and an appropriate farewell gift. Further drama unfolds as Dorothy takes up driving and Agnes finds a new friend in a stray cat. As summer turns to fall, the changing seasons reflect the changing face of Thrush Green, where old and new friends settle down and find happiness.
Enchanting and affectionate stories of everyday country life in the idyllic Thrush Green.'There is something profoundly consoling about a novel by Miss Read' The LadyContains: THRUSH GREEN, WINTER IN THRUSH GREEN, NEWS FROM THRUSH GREEN, BATTLES AT THRUSH GREEN, RETURN TO THRUSH GREEN, GOSSIP FROM THRUSH GREEN, AFFAIRS AT THRUSH GREEN, AT HOME IN THRUSH GREEN, THE SCHOOL AT THRUSH GREEN, FRIENDS AT THRUSH GREEN, CELEBRATIONS AT THRUSH GREEN, THE YEAR AT THRUSH GREEN, CHRISTMAS AT THRUSH GREEN
Mrs. Pringle, the lugubrious school cleaner, has always been a favorite character in the Fairacre series. Here, through the eyes and anecdotes of the schoolmistress Miss Read and others, we trace Maud Pringle's life. They include childhood visits to the village from her Caxley home, through her working days before her marriage to Fred Pringle, and on to her long association with Fairacre School. We meet again many old friends as they cross Mrs. Pringle's path: Mr. Willet the caretaker, Mr. Partridge the vicar, Miss Clare, and Miss Read'' friend Amy. And their adventures make another enchanting excursion to Fairacre that will delight Miss Read's devoted followers.
Changes are afoot in the village of Fairacre... Over the years, Fairacre has seen many changes, some for the better, some less so. But the declining number of children at the village school has again threatened it with closure, and for Miss Read this means maybe losing her livelihood and her home. And as she loses a dear friend, it is with a heavy heart that Miss Read inherits the cottage of Miss Clare. Some things, however, never change: Miss Read's stout housekeeper, Mrs Pringle, continues her tirades; the harvest fair and fete remain cherished events; Amy has a problem with a most unwelcome guest; and a snowstorm and hurricane hit the village.
Miss Read must face the future in another delightful slice of village life... Now that Fairacre school no longer faces the threat of closure, Miss Read is looking forward to a few more years of teaching before retirement. But the best-laid plans often go awry. Unexpectedly, her health begins to fail and she faces some tough decisions about her future. Meanwhile, rumours abound about Miss Read's old friend Mr Mawne, now a widower; a handsome newcomer to the village takes a shine to the stalwart headmistress; Miss Read keeps a watchful eye on the courtship of a friend; and village life goes on.
Miss Read looks forward to her retirement - but it doesn't go quite as planned... When Miss Read took early retirement, she anticipated days of relaxation and calm. She couldn't have been more wrong! Instead she finds herself as busy and in demand as ever: on holiday in Florence, helping with church and school affairs and offering a kindly ear to her eccentric neighbours. As village life continues as always, Miss Read embarks on a local project and discovers a new talent, opening up an exciting chapter in her life.
A celebration causes trouble in the village of Thrush Green... A major, double celebration is planned in the Cotswold village of Thrush Green: the village school is in its centenary year; and exactly a hundred years ago, one of the village's most notable residents founded a mission school in Africa. But the preparations are beset with problems - Winnie Bailey's health is not what it was; the new headmaster doesn't appear to be entirely right for the job; and there are mixed reactions to the fundraising appeal for the mission school. But when the big day arrives, there are more reasons for celebration than anyone anticipated...
It's spring in Thrush Green - but the new season brings far more than the villagers anticipate... Thrush Green is buzzing with gossip, which everyone is keen to share with two ex-schoolteachers, who have returned to visit their friends in the village. The old schoolhouse has just been sold, and the villagers are eager to welcome the new owners, the Lesters. Alan Lester seems to be perfectly pleasant, but rumours soon circulate about his wife, Margaret. Equal cause for speculation is the odd behaviour of long-standing resident Bertha Lovelock. And what of farmer Percy Hodge? Can he really be contemplating marriage to the rather wayward Doreen Lilly?
An enchanting story of village life from the bestselling author of the FAIRACRE series. January has been bitterly cold in Thrush Green. But at last the winter seems to be melting into a beautiful spring. But with the warmer weather comes a series of local dramas in the community: the future of The Fuchsia Bush tea shop is uncertain when its owner, Mrs Peters, falls ill; there are problems concerning Rectory Cottages, which prove hard to solve; the plans for the village fete - always an event rife with conflict - are hotting up... Meanwhile, the arrival of a stranger from America excites much interest and curiosity - who is he, and what effect will he have on the village?