Village School

Village School The first novel in the beloved Fairacre series Village School introduces the remarkable schoolmistress Miss Read and her lovable group of children who with a mixture of skinned knees and smiles ar

  • Title: Village School
  • Author: Miss Read
  • ISBN: 9780718104085
  • Page: 238
  • Format: None
  • The first novel in the beloved Fairacre series, Village School introduces the remarkable schoolmistress Miss Read and her lovable group of children, who, with a mixture of skinned knees and smiles, are just as likely to lose themselves as their mittens This is the English village of Fairacre a handful of thatch roofed cottages, a church, the school, the promise of fair wThe first novel in the beloved Fairacre series, Village School introduces the remarkable schoolmistress Miss Read and her lovable group of children, who, with a mixture of skinned knees and smiles, are just as likely to lose themselves as their mittens This is the English village of Fairacre a handful of thatch roofed cottages, a church, the school, the promise of fair weather, friendly faces, and good cheer at least most of the time Here everyone knows everyone else s business, and the villagers like each other anyway even Miss Pringle, the irascible, gloomy cleaner of Fairacre School With a wise heart and a discerning eye, Miss Read guides us through one crisp, glistening autumn in her village and introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters and a world of drama, romance, and humor, all within a stone s throw of the school By the time winter comes, you ll be nestled snugly into the warmth and wit of Fairacre and won t want to leave.

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    1. As an avid and unashamed anglophile, I loved this book -- it's a gentle, enjoyable read where you follow the happenings in a little village in England: jumble sales, doctors who make house calls, thatched roof cottages, walks along country lanes, a 2-room schoolhouse, fireside visits with neighbors over tea, etc. with I've been reading and re-reading the series for about 10 years now.

    2. I turned to Miss Read's Fairacre Chronicles when I had finished the last Thrush Green book, The Year at Thrush Green. I had always thought the Thrush Green books infinitely better than the Mitford books my sisters-in-law so love. I was heartbroken when it was over. Thinking that the Fairacre novels would be more of the same, I turned to Village School.Was I wrong! Yes, the story concerns a Cotswold village, as in Thrush Green. But the Fairacre novels are more worldly wise and the humor is much m [...]

    3. I have read Miss Read books for many years now. I still read them regularly and get the same thrill of reading of village and school as they used to be. Her books are always by my bedside and I can always pick one of them up and get transported back into a forgotten age. Magnificent.

    4. A charming, undemanding tale of a single year at a two-room village school in post-war England; the story is enhanced by lovely illustrations. Lovable adults and children, with a few curmudgeons just for spice. Nothing much happens, but that is sort of the point. Not quite as much fun as Winter in Thrush Green, but full of evocative details of tending the coal stove and planning summer fetes and jumble sales. I always did wonder how they managed before indoor plumbing and now I know. Moms who ar [...]

    5. These books by Miss Read are my nostalgia fix and sometimes give me a lump in my throat.The setting is the village school in Fairacre, the story is told by the head mistress Miss Read and they are a perfect picture of school life in a rural English village during the fifties and before. The story covers a year in the life of the school, its pupils and their families. Many of the people are poor and struggle to manage of the wages of farm labourers but they are always there for each other. If the [...]

    6. Miss Read's books are gentle, easy reads with perceptive and amusing insights into human nature. Set in small English villages, both the Fair Acre and Thrush Green series have the same hometown feel of Jan Karon's Mitford series. These books are delightful to read whenever you need a break from the hectic pace of life and the people who are making demands on your time.

    7. *Read for S524: Adult Readers' Advisory* I'm COMPLETELY shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. There was a time when my mother's Mitford books infuriated me because they seemed so trite and I felt like they stood for everything I hated. Now I'm all Martha Stewart-ed and stuff, and I crave all things domestic. How things change Maybe I liked this because it wasn't trying to force anything feel-good down my throat? Anyway, nothing really happens at all in these books (they are the epit [...]

    8. Thank you, LA Times Obituaries for introducing me to Miss Read,* although I am very sorry that she has passed on (at age 98). This book was delicious! Cozy, warm, comforting, gentle - a small English village filled with memorable characters, adults and children alike. The book follows the school year from "Christmas term" which starts in September to the end of the year in June. Nothing much happens - yet so much happens in the day to day life of the villagers of Fairacre. I want to live there! [...]

    9. My mom introduced me to the Miss Read books a few years ago. Her books are a great way to escape to a quiet, gentle, humorous world. A cup of tea goes quite well with this book!

    10. I have just listened to this audiobook a second time round because I love it so much. It is relaxing, well written and funny, reminding me of my own primary school years, in another place and era. I think what I like best are the cheeky childrens' dialogues and Miss Read's dry humour. There is NO plot, just a series of events and a quaint, nostalgic, charming, peaceful depiction of a small village school.

    11. I enjoyed this first book in the Fairacre series. Dora Saint wrote under the pseudonym Miss Read. I was interested enough in the book that I wanted to find out a little more about this author. She is a former school teacher. She died just short of her 99th birthday ( according to ). Just so my source is known;) it also said that she was inspired by Jane Austen and the author Jan Karon and the singer Enya were inspired by her. Finding out more information about her was interesting to me , especia [...]

    12. I have set myself a summer project of re-reading all of the Fairacre series by Miss Read. It's a total indulgence and I will no doubt finish well before I am ready to be done with these amazing books. The stories are simply first-rate and I enjoy every nuance of the them. They illustrate the life of rural English village on the Downs, and especially of Miss Read, the narrator and school teacher who tells us about the world of Fairacre. The stories really resounds for me and Miss Read makes me ap [...]

    13. I am enjoying this series, set in an English village in the 1950s. The author skillfully goes back and forth between a first-person narrative (by the town's schoolmistress) and a third-person view of village happenings, something I've never seen done well before. The narrator is witty and observant. This is tame, cozy, calm stuff--just what you may need to balance more intense reading or happenings in your life. The details of village life are well described and the author gives a heartwarming v [...]

    14. This series and the other series by this author, Thrush Green, consist of gentle stories about village life. They focus on recurring characters and usually take place over the course of a season or two. I like stories of daily life without the high splash of dramatically plotted books. Miss Read does not stare directly at evil (as Agatha Christie does through Miss Marple in her small English villages), but she is interested in honestly assessing the tensions of people living in close community [...]

    15. Cozy, delightful, just perfect for this cold snowy Saturday! I wanted to jump inside this book and live! Thank you so much, Linda!

    16. I thought this was a charming read. I want to sit and have tea with Miss Read. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

    17. Miss Read is a schoolteacher in a sleepy little English village. She loves her school and is dedicated to helping the children be the best they can be. This story takes us through a school year in the village of Fairacre as seen through the eyes of Miss Read. It's a pleasant, homey, sort of read. There's no central plot, just a chapter or two of narrative at a time so you can pick it up and put it down at leisure. At times I found myself very interested in what was happening and wanted to know w [...]

    18. Miss Read is a headmistress at a country school in 1955 in Britain. This tells the story of one school year in the life of Miss Read and her students, their families, the other teachers and the community. It follows school events, church fundraisers and trips to the seaside. It's not a very well-to-do school; it has outhouses and no indoor running water at all. However, the children are very happy and Miss Read seems to take a great deal of pleasure in her job. A very pleasant read.I read Miss R [...]

    19. A great book, and not as twee as some reviewers make out. I do dislike that when a story is 'rural' as opposed to 'urban' it is viewed as twee. I love Miss Read's 'down-to earth' style - not strict and no-nonsense but the reader is privy to her thoughts. She has a very wry sense of humour, and I loved how she poked gentle fun at some of the characters. I first read this when I was 13 and it made a big impression on me, feeding my love of the country and the old-fashioned. It is set in a southern [...]

    20. The Chronicles of Fairacre take the reader back to a better, gentler, simpler, and in many ways wiser, time and place. The setting is the small Cotswolds village of Fairacre, the time is the 1950's. Miss Read is the village schoolmistress, and an acute and loving observer of the villagers, the schoolchildren, human nature, and God's nature. Village School is the first book in the series.The series is at least partly biographical. Miss Read was the pen name for Dora Jesse Saint, who died in 2012 [...]

    21. I love Miss Read books - they evoke so many memories of living in England (although they took place before my first visit in 1978). There is no mystery, murder or mayhem, just gentle stories of very ordinary people making their way in a very ordinary world. Reading these books is a respite from the constant buzzing of reminders on my phone, the emails piling up in the inbox and the pace of life which seems, at times, ready to tear us apart. I love a good cozy - and books set in England are alway [...]

    22. As someone who has read and enjoyed all of Barbara Pym's novels, I thought this story of a schoolteacher in a small village would be of a similar vein. It is in that it depicts a slice of every day life without much drama. However, like Pym's protagonists, the narrator 'Miss Read' has a sly wit about her that kept the novel from being trite. I also enjoy social history and the little details about clothing, furnishings, and customs of a village in late 1950s England were fun to read.

    23. Charming, low-key, well-written. Village School reminded me of Anne of Green Gables without the strength of a central character you love. There's not much of a plot driving this forward, but the characters are a joy to spend an afternoon with, and Miss Read's humor is gentle and wonderful. What it's not? saccharine.

    24. what did I learn from Miss Read? The importance of the trivial. That a teacher should always have some little games to play to fill in an odd hour (you'd be surprised how they still love 7-up and odds and evens.) That you should not wind the vacuum cleaner cord in a figure of eight. That familiarity breeds fondness.

    25. Love all of "Miss Read's" books. I discovered Miss Read in 1991 when I was pregnant with my son Nick. What a pleasure to curl up on the couch and get away to the village of Fairacre. I might be American, but Miss Read always make me want to put on a pot of tea.

    26. Re-read after many decades. This is so much better than I had remembered.As says:"From 1955 to 1996 Miss Read wrote a series of novels centred on two fictional villages, Fairacre and Thrush Green. The first Fairacre novel appeared in 1955, the last in 1996. The first Thrush Green novel appeared in 1959. The principal character in the Fairacre books, Miss Read, is an unmarried schoolteacher in a small village school, an acerbic and yet compassionate observer of village life. Saint's novels are w [...]

    27. If I were to have read this book under normal circumstances, it may have bored me to tears. I have a vigorous cold, however, and so it distracted me without taxing my brain. And kept me from reading too much news. I didn't even mind that the first-person narrator occasionally becomes omniscient, that's how inflamed my sinus cavity is. Charming vignettes and no plot to speak of, Miss Read guides us through a year in the life of her midcentury country school. All the usual suspects: the church roo [...]

    28. If you want an exciting read, this isn't it. No plot line to speak of, nothing thrilling. But if you want to plop down and spend some time in a small English village just post WW2, and ramble amongst the villagers and enjoy a quaint setting, this is a great pick. It was a sweet read, and I look forward to spending more time in Fairacre.

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