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Christmas at Thrush Green Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

3.7 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409101592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409101598
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A light-hearted gentle read set in the English countryside, with vibrant characters and an old-fashioned outlook. (THEBOOKBAG.CO.UK)

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A brand new Miss Read novel, set in the Cotswold village of Thrush Green at Christmas.

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Format: Hardcover
This was a book I looked forward to with a passion. Couldn't wait to read it. It arrived. Disappointment. Cloying, not astringent/cerbic in the old Miss Read way. Snobbish, patronising, too much re-iteration. I felt that this cashed in on Miss Read's good name but the ghost writer/editor really was not up to it. Shame that the series has been spoiled in this way. Would not recommend buying, not sure I'd even borrow it from the library.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read and enjoyed every one of Miss Read's books, so was absolutely delighted to see there was 'a brand new Miss Read novel' about to be published even though she was officially retired.
As soon as I saw that the book had actually been written by her editor, Jenny Dereham, I felt distinctly short changed! The book isn't terrible, and it's nice to read a bit more about her well-known characters, but the whole narrative and characterisation lacks the 'bite' that Miss Read has always employed with great success.
If I had known that Miss Read had, according to the acknowledgement 'discussed the initial idea, developed the storyline, then left [Jenny Dereham] to put it into words', I might have had second thoughts.
I honestly think this should be made clear by the publishers on the book cover.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was so pleased to see that there was one final book by Miss Read. I knew that Jenny Dereham had written the words from Miss Read's ideas and to begin with the book seemed not at all bad. However the Nativity chapter put paid to any enjoyment, mild as it was. This chapter was muddled, jumbled and I began to wonder what on earth I was reading about. I ploughed on and it got slightly better.

Miss Read was very very special, eminently readable and knew how to be sentimental with flashes of acid. This book loses all that - I am glad I read it because it was a chance for one last time for Miss Read's characters to spring from the pages and, much more up to date = Paul and Jeremy now teenagers and away at boarding school (in spite of Phillida not wanting Jeremy to go in earlier Miss Read books)and another child for Molly and Ben. I was surprised that the Misses Lovelock and Dotty were still alive as well.

A reasonable try but pretending to be Miss Read - sorry dear it did not work.
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Format: Hardcover
I was so pleased to find a new Miss Read book. While reading it, I was conscious that she had "lost her touch." The characters didn't ring true, some of the situations were downright silly, and the whole effect was disappointing.
It was only after browsing the Amazon site that I realised that Miss Read DIDN'T write the book! And it shows!
If you are a real fan, don't buy this book. Borrow it to find out what happens to Ella, but don't waste your money.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the audio version of this book and I wished that I had taken more notice of the reviewers who had said how disappointed they were. It really is rather dreadful: firstly it appears that is not actually written by Miss Read and it shows; secondly although it is not badly read the reader has a hard edge to her voice that grated with me. If you have fond memories of Miss Read's audio books (particularly those read by the late Gwen Watford) then do not bother buying this - you will just feel very short changed!
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Format: Hardcover
As the other reviewers, I was delighted to see another Miss Read book, having been a fan for years.
It was fairly easy to tell that it was not written by Miss Read and some of the main characters personalities had been changed for the worse, Ella (lost her comic bite), Edward and Joan (never interacted like that before), Frank doing the nativity play for the school?!, etc etc.
Charles Henstock was never a slave to his stomach in previous books (as mentioned by another reviewer) and I felt errors like this showed another writer had been involved. Things like Robert Wilberforce buying Ellas cottage didn't ring true for me, in the last book his large house in the lake district was going to be home for both him and his new bride and I just didn't believe the fact that he had sold it and would consider moving to a very small cottage in thrush green!.
It was nice to meet old friends again but I wish the real Miss Read had written this book with her usual sharp and observant style.
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Format: Hardcover
I was so pleased to see a 'new Miss Read' advertised, and couldn't wait to read it, but I wish I had read some of these reviews first, as I was really disappointed. I was also annoyed that the publisher made no mention on the cover of the fact that Jenny Dereham had actually written the story, based on an 'idea' by Miss Read. The characters all have the same names as in the previous books, but they seem one-dimensional and their behaviour doesn't match the rest of the books so that it felt as though I was reading about totally different people. Also, the writing lacks Miss Read's sureness of touch and gentle humour. If you just like reading Miss Read to find out 'what happens next' to the characters then you may enjoy this book. But if, like me, you read her books for her quality of writing and the believable world she creates, then avoid this one. It hasn't found a place on my shelf and I will content myself with reading and rereading the 'real' Miss Read. Reading this book felt like being promised a white Christmas and ending up with fake snow.
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