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Emily Davis (Fairacre #8)

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  135 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Houghton Mifflin School (first published 1971)
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May 24, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you attend a memorial, people stand and tell a story about the person who died. It's often funny but sometimes it's touching. This book was like a memorial to Emily Davis. Emily was the life long friend of Miss Dolly Clare, who was the infants teacher at Fairacre school. At the time of her death, Emily was living with Miss Clare in her cottage. At the age of 84 she'd lived a long and interesting life. As the news spreads of her demise, people of all ages stop to think of her, even the peopl ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of her best! As the centenary of WWI approaches, this portrait of one of the generation of women left alone to copy with a changed world is worth a reread.
Mar 22, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The word 'gentle' keeps recurring in my reviews of Miss Read. This one's no exception- it's the sweet but not at all cloying story of how Miss Emily Davis has affected the lives of many current and former students and friends. Miss Emily Davis was a rare gift to the people whose paths she crossed, and not all of them were insensible to this fact. You'll walk away glad to have made her acquaintance yourself.
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Jan 01, 2016 Katie Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite of the Fairacre series so far.
Mar 18, 2011 Alida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found at a thrift store for $1! Such a gentle tale. The title character dies in the first chapter. The rest of the book recounts the memories of people whose lives she touched and changed forever. I love books by "Miss Read" a pseudonym for a former English school marm. She has such insight into how people work.
Jun 04, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another in the Fairacres village series and atypical in focussing on the life of one character. Retired school teacher Emily Davis dies and her friends, former students and family remember her through her life and actions. I enjoyed this story of the influence had by a teacher in a quiet English village.

Oct 08, 2012 Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this for my book club. It's not something I would have chosen for myself but I enjoyed its gentle rhythm and unsentimental appreciation of simple things and a life well lived.
Connie N.
Jun 23, 2012 Connie N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a sweet and charming look back at the life of a village teacher who touched so many people and left her mark on them despite her rural life. Definitely a feel-good book.
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Dec 30, 2012 Yvonne Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 'Miss Read' book. How the life of a spinster teacher affects everyone's life as people in the village reflect on their experiences with her as they hear she has died.
May 17, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's so pleasant to sit down with a book by Miss Read. Just the thing for a relaxing afternoon!
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Dora Jessie Saint MBE née Shafe (born 17 April 1913), best known by the pen name Miss Read, was an English novelist, by profession a schoolmistress. Her pseudonym was derived from her mother's maiden name. She began writing for several journals after World War II and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.

She wrote a series of novels from 1955 to 1996. Her work centred on two fictional English villa
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Fairacre (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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