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I love miss Read!,
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This review is from: Village School (Fairacre) (Paperback)
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.