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Miss Read , John S. Goodall
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3 Sep 1992
The central theme of this novel is the death of Miss Clare, Miss Read's predecessor at the village school. However, there are plenty of side stories about the well-known characters of Fairacre: Mrs Pringle the school cleaner and her niece Minnie, the Partridges and the Willets.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140146490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140146493
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A 35th appearance for the author, who, here, takes leave of Friends of Thrush Green (1991) to chronicle neighborly doings in the English village of Fairacre and changes in the career of schoolmistress Miss Read, who narrates. The changes'' of the title are those inevitably experienced by people attuned to the millstream pace of a rural community where change comes with a creep as well as a bang. But change does come. Now in the village, farm workers are few and cottages are being bought by tinkers'' (young couples with two incomes, no kids); the quiet streets of neighboring towns are choked with traffic; and shawls and ponchos are favored over the essential country cardigan. But, worst of all, the number of village children in Miss Read's school has dwindled to the point where closure is threatened. Some things, however, never change: Miss Read's stout housekeeper, Mrs. Pringle, continues her tirades; the harvest fair and fete remain cherished events; Miss Read mentally corrects, as ever, double negatives uttered by the yeomanry; and seasonal galas like daffodils and other spring beauties lift the heart. As to new events: Miss Read's dear old friend dies, and Miss Read takes leave of her old house; friend Amy, with whom she takes a welcome holiday, has a problem with a most unwelcome guest; and there are some rampagings of nature--a snowstorm and a hurricane. For the devoted following: a soothing oasis of tidy living for the frazzled reader weary of an untidy world. As always, there are the line drawings by John S. Goodall." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Changes at Fairacre 26 Sep 2013
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I could not find this book in the shops, and wanted to read more of the Fairacre series. The book itself was in excellent condition, don't think it had even been read. Have read it twice already!

I find the stories by Miss Read are very soothing, good bedtime reading, when you want to relax, and the detail in describing the various plants, trees and their various fruits excellent, including what they should be doing and when.

Some of the descriptions of school life remind me of my own days in Primary School.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changes at Fairacre 6 Sep 2013
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Another excellent read! I love all the titles by Miss Read and hope to go through the whole series thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changes at Fairacre by Miss Read 18 Oct 2010
Evocative of my childhood and bringing all the memories back, each detail exact. Lovely read and recommend the WHOLE series and then onto Thrush Green.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Changes at Fairacre 30 April 2014
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Another Miss Read book which everyone finds interesting.. As usual believable characters and storyline giving great pleasure to all readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love all the Fairacre Books 27 Oct 2013
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I have enjoyed every one of the twelve
Fairacre books I have thus far bought.
Easy reading, interesting, humourous and
at times poignant. Don't know what I'm
going to do when I've finished "A peaceful
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