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A Peaceful Retirement [Paperback]

Miss Read
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Book Description

7 Jan 2010

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.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752884247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752884240
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miss Read looks forward to her retirement - but it doesn't go quite as planned...

About the Author

Miss Read was a teacher by profession. In additional to her novels, she has written on educational and country matters, and worked as a script-writer for the BBC. She lives in Berkshire, and was made an MBE for her services to literature.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Miss Read, again manages to captivate the feelings of those who to are approaching retirement; and also of those who aren't. Her characters are all someone you know in your own life. Always feeling that they could be so and so. I always felt as if I was included in the story, like I was a friend. I'm an avid reader of her books but it seems this is the last one? She puts such warmth and feeling into this book it spills out from every page. It is obvious that her friends are as devoted to her as she is to them whatever happens. The frequent requests of marriage from John Jenkins are bittersweet and has nearly succumb once or twice. Her lifelong friend Amy, trying so hard to matchmake over the years, tries not to let John Jenkins slip through Miss Reads' fingers but alas fails again. She gets great support from Henry Mawne, who has also been a suitor in the past but Miss Read also gently refused him. She looks forward to retirement with joy and some trepidation, however handles the situation very well. I hope there will be more stories from her in the not to distant future.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A change in direction with not only retirement but marriage proposals as well for my most loved fictional character. With all of the Fairacre books, a book I have read over and over - only with particular sadness as it appears that this may be the final book. I found the illustrations a bit off putting - part of my love of Miss Read's books are due to J Goodall's beautiful illustrations - not that these are bad, just not what previous readers may be used to. My only complaint is that it is too short!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Miss Read read 13 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
A Christmas present for my wife, the collection is the usual whimsy, an easy read ideal for drifting off to sleep to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars love it 15 Mar 2014
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i have read this book so many times its a happy feeling book when reading it you feel like you know the poeple in it i love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars want to give it 5 10 Feb 2014
By cowwalk
Format:Paperback
I love all books by Miss Read. However, they were written over a fifty year time span. The later books were written by Dora Saint when she herself was quite an old woman and I think it shows. In all three of the final Fairacre novels she still writes well and paints amusing and sympathetic portraits of her characters. However the books suffer from slightly loose main plots and some subplots that don't really go anywhere. Also one has to suspend disbelief in the case of her pupils, such as Joseph Coggs, who seem to have been at primary school for about twenty years. I think Dora Saint knew how popular these pupil characters were and didn't want to have them move up to secondary school. So whilst I enjoyed the book, I also recognised it faults and unfortunately cannot give it five stars. The first of the Thrush Green novels however is in my opinion a perfect work in terms of structure and writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read. 9 Dec 2013
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Found this to be a really good read got very engrossed in the Characters and the story would recommend this to my friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy memories! 9 Oct 2013
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I have read it before, but it is well worth re-reading!
One of many books I have enjoyed more than once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Apeaceful retirement 18 July 2013
By bernie
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The title leads you to think of it as the end of all these books but this is not quite the case
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for bed time
Another from my favourite author, a relaxing visit to old friends . I find her books a great way to relax before sleep.
Published 14 months ago by nazimundo
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book
Book arrived promptly, in good condition and well packaged to protect it in transit. Haven;t read it yet but am confident it will be as good as the many many other Miss Read books... Read more
Published 14 months ago by BRADLEY Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one.
As alwaysI really enjoyed this book. "Miss Read" is a fantastic author. A new one to me this book and thoroughly enjoyed.
Published 15 months ago by catherine vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
I LIKE THE WRITING OF MISS READ. I HAVE READ MANY OF HER BOOKS AND ENJOYED ALL. AN INTERESTING LOOK AT VILLAGE LIFE.
Published 16 months ago by MARLENE E CRAVEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Not a new book but in very good condition and value for money. Any Miss Read fan will enjoy this story as I have.
Published 16 months ago by Frances Lock
3.0 out of 5 stars A Peaceful Retirement
I enjoyed the story although I am a bit disappointed by the ending. I feel the story has been left unfinished.
Published 18 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
As a newly retired teacher from a village school I thoroughly enjoyed the humour and viewpoint of this, by now, almost historical novel.
Published 19 months ago by P. A. Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive bedtime reading for a Miss Read addict.
My wife is that Miss Read addict and has to have a copy of one of her books by the bed-this one didn't disappoint.
Published 19 months ago by John N Pring
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