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Summary

Fairacre is a village of cottages, a church and the school - and, at the heart of the school, its head mistress Miss Read. Through her discerning eye, we meet the villagers of Fairacre and see their trials and tribulations, from the irascible school cleaner Mrs Pringle, to the young school children, with their scraped knees, hopeful faces and inevitable mischief. Full of Miss Read's unique, acerbic wit, and wry observations, Village School is an intriguing glimpse into a forgotten world, and has become a true classic.

©1955 Miss Read (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A joy to read or listen to.

Miss read books are like food for the soul. Escapism from today's hectic life pace, to the slower, simpler, richer times of days gone by. The wonderful characters and observations of nature and the seasons add to the lovely story lines of simple country life. Miss Read is a joy to read.

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Good Book, Wrong Narrator

I ejoyed the book, but I did not enjoy this narrator as much as other narrators of the Miss Read books. I find the books fascinating because they hark back to a time that probably never was but we would all like to imagine. It is slightly irritating that some of the characters age in the normal way throughout the course of the books while others seem stuck in time and hardly age at all. Revisiting one of the early books has reminded me that poor Joseph Coggs was stuck at the village school for the entirety of Miss Reads headship and on her retirement he was only about nine years of age. Mrs Pringle was clearly older than Miss Read in the early books but she is still working at the school and apparently reasonably sprightly when Miss Read retires! As long as you're not overly troubled by these confusing tricks of time the books are lovely, a very gentle antidote to real life.

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Village School

l Ioved every moment of this gentle book and cannot wait to download the next in series.

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A Charming Tale of Times Gone By

Delightfully nostalgic story of a country village. Centred around the school with colourful characters and childish scrapes. Very enjoyable.

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pleasant but uneventful read

pleasant like a comforting sofa, but uneventful. interesting to hear how village life was like in the 50s and 60s

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Miss Read Series

Phyllida Nash reads this book fantastic really helps with characters can't wait to read next Miss Read book

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A refreshingly innocent blast from the past

I used to read the Miss Read books regularly back in the 80's and 90's however, unfortunately, my paperbacks have long since become to fragile to handle. Listening to this gentle, undemanding, peaceful tale is a plesant escape from the current world

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Such joy and delight!

Beautifully written, moving, funny, gentle and yet razor-sharp, this book is another piece of perfection by the one and only Miss Read. Phyllida Nash's flawless reading further elevates both the book's charm and the reader's enjoyment. Highly recommended!

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sheer delight.

loved it.beautifully read. a great insight to the village schoolteacher. keen to read the next.

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village school

Absolutely loved it!
As a teacher with 24 years experience, I adored hearing about the simpler times, although I appreciate it wasn't always a simple ride.
Joseph Coggs....💜