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Village Diary (Fairacre)

The second Fairacre novel, from the bestselling author of VILLAGE SCHOOL.In her first book VILLAGE SCHOOL, Miss Read drew a picture of the small but detailed world of a typical primary school in a remote country area, a world peopled by the children themselves, Miss Clare the venerable infants teacher, glum Mrs Pringle the cleaner, the vicar and other inhabitants of Fairacre. In VILLAGE DIARY, Miss Read describes the people of Fairacre with the same exactitude, sense of comedy and sharp observation. In addition to those characters familiar to readers of VILLAGE SCHOOL there are newcomers, including dictatorial Amy, an old college friend, Mr Mawne, whom the village sees as a possible husband for the unwilling Miss Read; and the earnest new infants teacher. Overshadowing everything, there is the mammoth country pageant over which Fairacre is so sharply and painfully divided...
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Miss Read's novels have become classics. Published alongside VILLAGE SCHOOL and STORM IN THE VILLAGE. Includes the original line drawings. The Miss Read novels have sold over 3 millions copies. She has also received terrific reviews: 'Observed with exactitude, animation, and a sense of comedy that recall a Brueghel painting of village folk' The Times. 'Here you'll find delicious wit, quirky characters, the colourful intrigues of daily life, and certainly love and laughter ... delightful' Jan Karon. 'An affectionate, humorous and gently charming chronicle ... sometimes funny, sometimes touching, always appealing' New York Times. 'Miss Read so understands and loves the country and can write so tenderly and humorously about the minutiae of village life without distortion or sentimentality' Times Literary Supplement.

About the Author

Miss Read was a teacher by profession who started writing after the Second World War. In additional to her novels, she has written on educational and country matters, and worked as a script-writer for the BBC. She lives in Berkshire, and was made an MBE for her services to literature.

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