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Mrs Griffin Sends Her Love: and other writings [Hardcover]

Miss Read
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24 Oct 2013

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" the sometimes rather odd passions of childhood

"I collect stones with holes in them"

Miss Read captures the essence of rural life, and in particular of village schools, as only she can. This collection also includes extracts from her letters (never before published):

"Michael Joseph wrote after the OBSERVER thing and is throwing out feelers for a book. I shall know if he still feels like it - me too! - after we've met."

It will also include an Introduction on how "Miss Read" was first created:

"Miss Read was born fully clothed in sensible garments and aged about forty. She was born, in fact, when I was struggling to write my first book and needed a village schoolmistress as the narrator"

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (24 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409147908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409147909
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A nostalgic collection on rural schools, childhood and English country life from the much-loved author of VILLAGE SCHOOL.

About the Author

Miss Read, or in real life Dora Saint, was a teacher by profession who started writing after the Second World War for PUNCH and other journals, and also worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. Miss Read was married to a schoolmaster for 64 years, and they had one daughter. Miss Read was awarded an MBE in the 1998 New Year Honours list for her services to literature, She was the author of many immensely popular books, but it was her village novels for which she was best known. The first of these VILLAGE SCHOOL, was published in 1955, and Miss Read continued to write about the fictional villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green for many years. She lived near Newbury in Berkshire until her death in 2012.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss read, miss her books terribly. 5 Nov 2013
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This book was as expected. Some old stories, a lot of new content that has not been published before and an insight into Dora Saint, the author which I found very interesting. At 305 pages long it is a good read.
The voice of her final book , Christmas in Thrush Green, was totally different as it was done by Jenny Dereham and just wasn't the same. I will just have to keep re-reading all my collection again.
This is a nice addition for anyone who is a true Miss Read fan but feel it should be the last one now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book for Miss Read fans 21 Dec 2013
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I love this book and it has writings I have never before seen. The reason I have not give it five stars is because it does have a lot of already read excerpts for her previous books. However, I would highly recommend for avid Miss Read fans like myself!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Read remembered 11 Jan 2014
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I bought this book as I have always enjoyed the 'Miss Read' books. They are a great refreshing read after ploughing through academic books on the classical world. The short pieces here, some being repetitions from some of her books, were enjoyable but, at times, left one a little disappointed that the real book was not there.
With the title as it is, 'Mrs Griffin Sends Her Love', one could have expected the lady herself to come into more prominence. One very short sentence couldn't really supply a title. One can speculate, but how did 'Miss Read' see her? Her descriptions always brought characters to life, but here there is silence.
On the whole, I enjoyed the read, but would hesitate to recommend it to anyone who had not read any of 'Miss Read's' books. Had I read this as my first contact I feel I would not have looked for all the delightful books under the Miss Read name. I would not have ventured into the 'Miss Read' world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bits and pieces 13 Dec 2013
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This book, celebrating Miss Read's centenary (Dora Saint was born in 1913) is a selection of her journalism from publications such as Punch, The Times Education Supplement and Country Life. Most of it concerns, of course, village schools.
Whilst it is attractively presented and most people will learn something new about their favourite author, its format means it is not as satisfying as a 'proper' Miss Read story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition 4 Dec 2013
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After the disappointing 'Christmas at Thrush Green' written by Jenny Dereham under the 'Miss Read' name, it was great to get some more of the 'real thing'. I disagree with the person who said there should be no more 'Miss Read' books. I don't think another one by Jenny Dereham would be a good idea, but I would like to see more collections of short stories and writings, such as this book, gleaned from all the magazines and papers she used to write for. I treasure all Miss Read's books, and they have given me many happy hours reading. This one is a welcome addition to the collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 11 Jan 2014
Really enjoyed this mixture of extra Miss Read memories ! Really nostalgic of a time I remember so well personally growing up in a village !
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Village schoolteacher Dora Saint wrote many articles in the 1940s and 1950s about rural life, before she found lasting fame in 1955 with the creation of Miss Read as the narrator of the novel Village School. This collection of Dora's writings, from before the creation of her famous persona to the early days of the Miss Read stories, is interspersed with previously unpublished extracts from her letters and diaries. She captures the joys of country life and village schools in particular, as well as revealing how Miss Read was first created, in a piece written for The Countryman in 1978.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting recomended. 3 Nov 2013
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Not quite what I had expected from a Miss Read book but have found it very interesting. Country life depicted differently in each chapter, and an insight into how Dora wrote her books, where the inspiration came from. Am now to the chapter where she describes the collaboration between her and the illustrator.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Read triumphs again
If you like Miss Read, you'll love this. Wonderful stories, diary extracts and articles, in which nothing much happens but it happens delightfully. Beautifully written. I loved it.
Published 2 months ago by bestcornishcat
1.0 out of 5 stars we beleived we ordered lardge print book, as miss poole is 97 years...
disappointed as book print not as we believed we had ordered as a present for a 97 year old what can be done.
Published 3 months ago by michael ryans
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Read
This was a present for a friend who had been trying to find this book in local bookshops but without success; it is a delightful read.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. William Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Last word from Miss Read
Some previously published, and some new anecdotes and reminiscences from Miss Read, the late Dora Saint, with additional material from her daughter.
Published 4 months ago by anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I love all Miss Read's books and this is no exception. I was very pleased to find this, and like all her books a delightful read. I would recommend this to all her fans. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dorothy
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
What a rip off - a good chunk of the book has already been printed in Tales From A Village School.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Trudie A. Bamford
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Read Dora Saint 1913--2012
Enjoyed reading this one , I have always loved reading Miss Reads books, over many years.Her love for the country side and wild life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Although Miss Read is sadly no longer with us it is good to have another book of her writings. Enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by Coxy
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ
Published 6 months ago by PAMELA A. WALLACE
5.0 out of 5 stars Dora saint - Miss Read
Dora was a wonderful writer of all her works as a Teacher and Head Mistress of her Schools. Her Mant funny tales made her books hard to put down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bookworm
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