Fairacre

23 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 394 ratings

Village School 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Village School

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book, Wrong Narrator

    • By Flint on 27-06-17

    Regular price: £15.99

  • Book 2

    • Village Diary

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 56

    ‘As I have been given a large and magnificent diary for Christmas... I intend to fill it in as long as my ardour lasts.’ Luckily, Miss Read’s ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy’s marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • memories

    • By Amazon Customer on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £15.99

  • Book 3,7

    • Storm in the Village & Fairacre Festival

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: June Barrie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Storm in the Village, Miss Read, Headmistress of Fairacre School, learns of a proposed new housing development that soon has the citizens of Fairacre up in arms. In The Fairacre Festival, after a storm damages the church roof, the villagers must raise money for repairs.

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  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • Miss Clare Remembers

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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      5 out of 5 stars 30
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      5 out of 5 stars 29

    On a bright summer's day, old Miss Clare, now retired from teaching, awaits the visit of her oldest friend, Emily Davis. In between, she recalls the events in their 70-year friendship and country life in England during that time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Warmth

    • By Love to read on 19-08-14

    Regular price: £14.69

  • Book 5

    • Over the Gate

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    A weight-losing recipe sends a portly Victorian housemaid literally sky-high. Mrs Next-Door, the queen of copycats, drives her patient neighbour mad with rage; the tragic tale of the ghost of Fairacre; the touch-and-go romance of Elsie Parker. In Over the Gate, Miss Read, the village schoolmistress, continues to remember odd incidents and excellent stories and to retell them with characteristic grace and compassion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator sublime!

    • By Roberta on 09-06-13

    Regular price: £14.69

  • Book 6,14

    • Village Christmas & The White Robin

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: June Barrie
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From the rural festivities in 'Village Christmas' to the poignant tale of a white robin, these two stories demonstrate the wry wit and light touch of Miss Read. Two heartwarming and wonderfully festive listens.

    Regular price: £9.19

  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

    • Emily Davis

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    After the death of Emily Davis, school teacher and well-loved member of the local community, many of those who knew her cast their minds back to days past and to their memories of Emily. Dolly Clare mourns her loss deeply but remembers with joy and warmth the long friendship they shared. She is joined in her reminiscences by Jane Draper, who started her teaching career under Emily’s guidance, and by those further afield - from London to America.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Volume bad

    • By gypee on 05-01-19

    Regular price: £14.69

  • Book 9

    • Tyler's Row

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    The two-hundred-year-old cottages known as Tyler’s Row, with charming leaded-glass windows and an arched thorn hedge over the gateway, are supposed to provide a haven of peace for their new owners, Peter and Diana Hale.

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  • Book 10,12

    • The Christmas Mouse and No Holly for Miss Quinn

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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    A mouse's appearance on Christmas Eve in a widow's bedroom leads to a chance encounter with a small boy. In 'No Holly for Miss Quinn'. And Miss Quinn's preparations for Christmas are made more difficult when her brother's children come to stay.

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • Farther Afield

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    The end of the school year often brings unmitigated rapture for schoolteachers, and so it should for Miss Read, schoolmistress in the charming English village of Fairacre. But on the very first day of the long summer holiday, she falls and breaks her arm. Just when her summer seems ruined, her old friend Amy Garfield, comes to her aid with a diverting suggestion. They travel to Crete for two weeks, and the change of scene provides a welcome break for both of them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read

    • By Caroline M Prince on 28-01-15

    Regular price: £13.49

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