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Village School by Miss Read

Village School

Part of the Fairacre Series
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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.

If you like Miss Read you might also like to read books by Gervase Phinn, Jack Sheffield and Rebecca Shaw.


Village School by Miss Read

Fairacre is a village of cottages, a church and the school - and at the heart of the school, its head mistress, Miss Read.

Through her discerning eye, we meet the villagers of Fairacre and see their trials and tribulations, from the irascible school cleaner Mrs Pringle, to the young school children, with their scraped knees, hopeful faces and inevitable mischief.

Miss Read takes us through the school year, beginning with the Christmas term, when the bitterly cold weather challenges the school's ancient heating system, right through to the hot summer day when school is over for another year.

Full of Miss Read's unique, acerbic wit, and wry observations, VILLAGE SCHOOL is an intriguing glimpse into a forgotten world, and has become a true classic.

About the Author

Miss Read

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th May 2006


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Orion Publishing Co


Paperback (b Format)
224 pages


Family Drama
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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