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Village School (Fairacre 1)

Village School (Fairacre 1) [Kindle Edition]

Miss Read
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The very first Miss Read novel - set in 1950s England, perfect nostalgia from the bestselling author of the Fairacre series.

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Fairacre is a village of cottages, a church and the school - and at the heart of the school, its headmistress, Miss Read.

Through her discerning eye, we meet the villagers of Fairacre and see their trials and tribulations, from the irascible school cleaner Mrs Pringle, to the young schoolchildren with their scraped knees, hopeful faces and inevitable mischief.

Miss Read takes us through the school year, beginning with the Christmas term when the bitterly cold weather challenges the school's ancient heating system, right through to the hot summer day when school is over for another year.

Full of Miss Read's unique, acerbic wit, and wry observations, VILLAGE SCHOOL is an intriguing glimpse into a forgotten world, and has become a true classic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752877445
  • Publisher: Orion (19 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M677Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Miss Read, is an unmarried head-teacher in a small village school. The two classrooms at Fairacre School take all the village children from age five until they are eleven. There is no running water in either the school or the schoolhouse where Miss Read lives, and toilets for the school children, consists of a wooden seat on a large bucket. For the villagers of Fairacre, busses run three times a week to the nearby market town.
Things may sound rather desperate in Fairacre when compared to our modern lives, where kids expect the newest fashions and expensive gismos, and we as adults expect to jump in a car and drive to the nearest supermarket to buy a weeks shopping.
For me however 1950's Fairacre brings back a lot of memories of being educated in a village school in Britain during the early 1970's. When Miss Read describes the ecclesiastical architecture of the school with its arched windows letting in light but at the same time being too high off the ground to see out of. I just close my eyes and I am instantly transported to my schoolroom when I was seven years old. I can still smell the polish from the wood floor and the soap in the cloakroom where our coats and satchels hung on pegs with our little towels and homemade "Dap Bags" containing our footwear for PE.
Miss Read is a keen observer of village life, nature, and the changing seasons. The village school life unfolds with gentle humour and insightful social commentary. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys social comedy. Some of the children who feature in this book go on to be lifelike characters in later books. Joseph Coggs is my favourite of the children who announces at the end of his first day in the "babies class"; that the toys and the clay were fun, but his favourite bit was dinner time.
With Village School you enter a bygone time that brings 1950's village life alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Bagarama! 10 July 2007
At first sight it was all too easy for me to dimiss these novels as 'cotton wool head' fodder. On the other hand, once I had read one, I felt compelled to read them all. At the end of a crazy day I find that reading Miss Read is a healthy, albeit guilt-ridden, alternative to Mogadon. I love the slow pace, the importance put on seemingly minor everyday subjects and the time taken out to just stop and reflect.

Would I admit this to my Ibiza-going, uber-cool partying friends? Are you kidding?! av it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love miss Read! 21 Jun 2011
By tdk
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Village school is the first book in the Fairacre series. The series begins in the fities, however the later books still maintain the fifties atmosphere.
The book deals with the trials, tribulations and triumphs of being a village school headmistress (definitely a headmistress not a headteacher!)
The characters are three dimensional and mostly likeable. Who could fail to love Joseph Coggs trying desperately to flourish despite his shiftless family. Any child who thinks that three helpings of school dinner is the best part of the day just has to be a star. Mrs Pringle is undoubtedly one of the most malignant characters in fiction, full of bile and vitriol "One of the happy martyrs of this world.". Yet she can also be a great comic turn with her 'combustible leg' and her malapropisms.Nevertheless the highlight of the stories is the portrayal of Miss Read herself. She is nice, without being too nice. independent but sociable. Her running battles with the country children and Mrs Pringle are a joy.It is her touches of acerbic wit that prevents the stories from becoming uncomfortably cosy. You have to empathise with a woman who writes "John Burton,...saw fit to repeat his famous dying duck-in-a-thunderstorm act...I leant forward and, without any warning, gave John Burton a sharp box on the ear. It was, I found, the best moment of the day."

If you've had a stressful day, if the news is alll doom, gloom and disaster, do what I do read a few chaperters of Village School before going to sleep- It will soon make you feel more at peace with the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A country girl 10 Sep 2012
As soon as I saw the book 'Village School' I knew I would be an ardent Miss Read fan, she never failed me. My only wish was that my primary school could have been such a pleasant experience. The school building was exactly like the one I attended but oh, the difference in the way the children were treated. Being such a small village Miss Read knew each pupil, and their parents, this insight gave her the ability to treat each of her pupils as individuals.
I have all Miss Read's books, I started with paperbacks but each year I put in my order at the bookshop for the latest hardback. They are all my 'treasures,' I wouldn't part with any of them, even for a win on the lottery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Village School, Fairacre series 27 Sep 2013
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A charming introduction to Miss Read and her vantage point in chronicling life in an English Village. I plan to collect the entire series. Miss Read is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Read 1 Aug 2013
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I enjoyed this book so much. Someone introduced me to miss read and I can't believe that I haven't read any of her books before. .
Particularly appealing if you have been connected in any way with the teaching world. I love the way her stories are so connected to the seasons and her brilliant perception of people and life events. I am now addicted and wanting to read everything that she has written.
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Recommended by my mum. I loved it! As a teacher it was very funny to compare now and then. The characters and depiction of rural village life were brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I lived in this era
A lovely nostalgic read of what seems to be a relatively peaceful age compared to today's world. Nice to escape back in time.
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