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Miss Read (1913–2012)

Autor(a) de Village School

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras por Miss Read

Village School (1955) 768 exemplares
Thrush Green (1959) 520 exemplares
Village Diary (1957) 364 exemplares
Village Centenary (1980) 330 exemplares
News from Thrush Green (1970) 312 exemplares
Over the Gate (1964) 310 exemplares
Summer at Fairacre (1984) 308 exemplares
Winter in Thrush Green (1961) 299 exemplares
Battles at Thrush Green (1975) 297 exemplares
Gossip from Thrush Green (1981) 297 exemplares
Storm in the Village (1958) 296 exemplares
Affairs at Thrush Green (1983) 295 exemplares
No Holly for Miss Quinn (1976) 271 exemplares
Village Affairs (1977) 257 exemplares
At Home in Thrush Green (1985) 253 exemplares
The School at Thrush Green (1987) 252 exemplares
Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre (1989) 249 exemplares
Farewell to Fairacre (1993) 244 exemplares
Changes at Fairacre (1991) 242 exemplares
Friends at Thrush Green (1990) 237 exemplares
Tyler's Row (1972) 234 exemplares
Fresh from the Country (1955) 228 exemplares
Farther Afield (1974) 217 exemplares
Miss Clare Remembers (1962) 215 exemplares
A Peaceful Retirement (1996) 215 exemplares
The Fairacre Festival (1968) 207 exemplares
Village Christmas (1966) 193 exemplares
The Year at Thrush Green (1996) 184 exemplares
Celebrations at Thrush Green (1992) 181 exemplares
The Market Square (1966) 150 exemplares
The White Robin (1979) 142 exemplares
Tales from a Village School (1994) 127 exemplares
The Howards of Caxley (1967) 125 exemplares
Time Remembered (1986) 112 exemplares
A Fortunate Grandchild (1982) 110 exemplares
The Christmas Mouse (1973) 110 exemplares
Emily Davis (1971) 101 exemplares
Christmas at Thrush Green (2009) 94 exemplares
The Caxley Chronicles (1999) 82 exemplares
The World of Thrush Green (1988) 80 exemplares
Tiggy (1971) 50 exemplares
Miss Read's Christmas Book (1992) 48 exemplares
Further Chronicles of Fairacre (1985) 35 exemplares
Miss Read's Country Cooking (1969) 35 exemplares
Country Bunch (1963) 32 exemplares
A Country Christmas (2006) 31 exemplares
Fairacre Affairs (1980) 23 exemplares
Tales from Thrush Green (1994) 11 exemplares
The World of Miss Read (1995) 3 exemplares
Hobby Horse Cottage. (1958) 3 exemplares
Hob and the Horse-Bat (1974) 3 exemplares
The New Bed 1 exemplar
Sei sauber...! 1 exemplar


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Hi, I'm new - and an offer em Tattered but still lovely (Junho 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.… (mais)
labfs39 | 23 outras críticas | 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 | 1 outra crítica | 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 | 5 outras críticas | 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 | 23 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |



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