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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (15 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877433
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second Fairacre novel, from the bestselling author of VILLAGE SCHOOL.

About the Author

Miss Read, in real life Dora Saint, was a teacher by profession who started writing after the Second World War, beginning with light essays written for Punch and other journals. She then wrote on educational and country matters and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. Miss Read was married to a schoolmaster for sixty-four years until his death in 2004, 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, including two autobiographical works, but it was her novels of English rural life 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mummy on 14 Dec. 2009
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Miss Read writes beautifully, bringing her books to life. I found this book very relaxing to read, well written, with humour as well. I'll definitely be reading all the rest of the books in the Fairacre series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2003
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An absolutely gorgeous book.I have a special interest in this one as it came out just as I was starting at a village school just like the one Miss Read writes about,and my mother used to listen to it serialised on the radio while waiting for me to come home.
It follows on from Village School and is set out like a diary written by Miss Read the schoolmistress.Each month has a delightful illustration by J S Goodall.I love this book,and I hope you will too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Edwards on 11 Jan. 2010
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Not as good as Book 1. but satisfactory. These books are v.g. for old fashioned oldies like me. Remembering a sweet, warm, gentle world that in the main did not exist. Well not for me and mine living in bleak 1940's/50's North Manchester. Leave your back door open? Nonsense! Even though we had nowt they would still steal it. Cold winters with only a coal fire to warm us and all of us crammed round it with burnt legs and the cat safely purring right at the front. And cockroaches in the cutlery draw.

But perhaps these books give a flavour of life and schooling in the countryside that we townies can only envy? As such they are lovely and you grow to like some characters and hiss at others. And it seems there are many more books in the series to enjoy. I do love a good long series. Recommended if you like sweet nostagia - and not a swear word to see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Spurgeon on 26 Feb. 2014
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Gentle but never soft hearted. Compelling but always contains a grain of harder truth, Miss. Read serves up another helping of home spun wisdom from the primary classroom in her home village. Such gentle reading is so very timely in such a tough world.
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By Jay on 1 July 2014
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Simpler times but life often harder nonetheless. Evocative but not idealistic.
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By Christine H. on 23 Feb. 2014
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A lovely gentle story of family life in a small village based around the School teacher. No sex, no swearing no complicated plot just a lovely read
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By viv wicklen on 6 Sept. 2013
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Excellent book yet again from Miss read. Gone out of sequence a bit I think, but I can still keep up with it all
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By S E V Davies on 28 Jun. 2013
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I found this book hard going at times. It was not as readable as "A Peaceful Retirement" There were parts which I really enjoyed but it seemed to be that the author was going off on tangents. It reminded me of waves the going out and the coming in.
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