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Miss Read (1913–2012)

Autor/a de Village School

86 obres 11,273 Membres 185 Ressenyes 34 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Miss Read, 1913 - 2012 Miss Read was born on April 17, 1913 as Dora Jessie Shafe. She worked as a teacher and started writing after World War II for Punch and other journals and as a scriptwriter for the BBC. She wrote her novels under the name Read, which was her mother's maiden name. She is best mostra'n més known for her novels of English rural life and used her own memories of living and teaching in a small English village in her novels. She wrote more than forty novels; many were set in the British countryside -- Fairacre and Thrush Green novels. Read finished her writing career in 1996 with A Peaceful Retirement. In 1998, she was awarded an MBE for her services to literature. She died on April 7, 2012. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Miss Read

Village School (1955) 783 exemplars, 24 ressenyes
Thrush Green (1959) 532 exemplars, 17 ressenyes
Village Diary (1957) 370 exemplars, 10 ressenyes
Village Centenary (1980) 333 exemplars, 1 ressenya
News from Thrush Green (1970) 315 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Over the Gate (1964) 314 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Summer at Fairacre (1984) 310 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Return to Thrush Green (Thrush Green Series #5) (1978) 309 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Winter in Thrush Green (1961) 305 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Gossip from Thrush Green (1981) 303 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Storm in the Village (1958) 302 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Battles at Thrush Green (1975) 300 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Affairs at Thrush Green (1983) 298 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
No Holly for Miss Quinn (1976) 277 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
At Home in Thrush Green (1985) 261 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
The School at Thrush Green (1987) 256 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Village Affairs (1977) 256 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre (1989) 251 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Farewell to Fairacre (1993) 250 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Changes at Fairacre (1991) 244 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Friends at Thrush Green (1990) 241 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Tyler's Row (1972) 238 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Fresh from the Country (1955) 230 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Farther Afield (1974) 221 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Miss Clare Remembers (1962) 219 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
A Peaceful Retirement (1996) 218 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
The Fairacre Festival (1968) 215 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Village Christmas (1966) 196 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
The Year at Thrush Green (1996) 188 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Celebrations at Thrush Green (1992) 184 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
The Market Square (1966) 151 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The White Robin (1979) 143 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Tales from a Village School (1994) 127 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Howards of Caxley (1967) 126 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Time Remembered (1986) 115 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Christmas Mouse (1973) 114 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
A Fortunate Grandchild (1982) 110 exemplars
Emily Davis (1971) 103 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
A Fortunate Grandchild [and] Time Remembered (1988) 97 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Christmas at Thrush Green (2009) 97 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Miss Clare Remembers [and] Emily Davis (2007) 91 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Caxley Chronicles (1999) 81 exemplars
The World of Thrush Green (1988) 80 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Tiggy (1971) 50 exemplars
Miss Read's Christmas Book (1992) 48 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Further Chronicles of Fairacre (1985) 35 exemplars
Miss Read's Country Cooking (1969) 35 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Country Bunch (1963) 31 exemplars
A Country Christmas (2006) 31 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Fairacre Affairs (1980) 23 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Tales from Thrush Green (1994) 12 exemplars
The Fairacre Festival [and] Tiggy (2000) 4 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The World of Miss Read (1995) 3 exemplars
Hob and the Horse-Bat (1974) 3 exemplars
Hobby Horse Cottage. (1958) 2 exemplars
The New Bed 1 exemplars
Sei sauber...! (2004) 1 exemplars


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Hi, I'm new - and an offer a Tattered but still lovely (juny 2016)


I enjoy an older, cozy British novel from time to time, and in many ways, Village School did not disappoint. Our narrator, Miss Read, is a primary school teacher in a two-room schoolhouse in Fairacre, a village in the bucolic English countryside. Through her eyes we see the quiet doings of the villagers and especially the children both in school and out. Festivals, measles outbreaks, and choir practices enliven an otherwise placid atmosphere. I enjoyed escaping to a simpler world for a while. Unfortunately that world is also home to an undercurrent of gentile racism that was startling whenever it appeared. Because of it I was unable to truly enjoy the novel and won't be continuing on with the series.… (més)
labfs39 | Hi ha 23 ressenyes més | May 18, 2024 |
I've read a few books by Miss Read, and this is the first one that disappointed me. Maybe because it was so simple? I like the host of characters that usually populate her books; there weren't that many here. Although there was at least one fabulous character name — Horace Umbleditch. The reliably lovely scenes of village life and nature were there. I was surprised by the two deaths. I think the message is that there are fragile things in life, and they are vulnerable to cruelty and things beyond their control.
A couple of passages I liked:
Horace Umbleditch proved to be an elegant man with dark hair and a gold-rimmed monocle swinging on a black silk cord about his neck. From Amy's description I had expected a somewhat pathetic figure, undernourished and shy, but the new organist, although enviably slim, was obviously fit and distinctly voluble. I could see that he would more than hold his own in the assembled company.
One of the comforts of middle age, i find, is the comparative peace of mind which engulfs one when one has finally decided what to put on. When young, one's evening can be ruined by the thought that one's shoes are the wrong colour, or one's hair needs shampooing. Advancing age has its modest compensations.
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ReadMeAnother | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Mar 13, 2024 |
The Fairacre Festival by Miss Read is the 7th book in her Fairacre series which is set in a small English village. It is narrated by the village school teacher and the stories are often centred around the school but in this outing we are mostly reading about the church.

When a storm brings a large tree down upon the roof of the church, the villagers of Fairacre need to come together to raise the necessary funds for repairs. They decide to hold a festival, a week long series of events with the help of a few kind-hearted celebrities and many volunteers. There will be a garden show, afternoon teas, a concert by the schoolchildren and the highlight of the festival, a nightly light and sound show, set in the ancient church that details the history of Fairacre. The funds mount but will it be enough to pay for the repairs needed or must they sell off the church treasure, a silver chalice that is brought out for special services.

A simple story that encapsulates village life and expectations. Miss Read obviously knows of what she writes as the village politics and the local characters feel real as they liven up the story and keep it from becoming too sentimental.
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DeltaQueen50 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Mar 11, 2024 |
Sweet tales of school and village life in the English village of Fairacre. Written by Dora Jessie Saint, a village schoolteacher under the pseudonym "Miss Read."
BookScout83 | Hi ha 23 ressenyes més | Jan 29, 2024 |



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