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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Sound Library (Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792738012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792738015
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 18.1 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,987,905 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann McDonald on 26 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading Girl on 18 Oct. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By viv wicklen on 6 Sept. 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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The trials and tribulations of a very good headmistress of a village school, worried about the possibility of closure. A former teacher leaves Miss Read her cottage, and the village school house is put up for sale. A gentle story of country people. Charming.
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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
Retirement"!
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By Dawn Talbot on 13 Oct. 2013
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The usual charming pleasant read from miss read. Although I enjoyed it I did wonder once or twice which decade we were in. I've always thought these books were timeless but maybe this book is more 1960s (when times were changing).
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The books of Miss Read never fail to please. I love her storylines, her picture in words of the world around her, and her sharp observations of her characters. Another lovely story.
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Not nearly as good as her first three books published in the 50s. There are many charming moments that are inspired but overall is rather dull and pedestrian.
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