Miss Read


Born
in South Norwood(Greater London), The United Kingdom
April 22, 1913

Died
April 07, 2012

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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 villages, Fairacre and Thrush Green. 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. Miss Read's novels are wry regional social comedies, laced with gentle humour and subtle social commentary. Miss Read is also a keen observer
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Average rating: 4.23 · 26,388 ratings · 1,896 reviews · 109 distinct worksSimilar authors
Village School (Fairacre, #1)

4.09 avg rating — 2,781 ratings — published 1955 — 21 editions
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Thrush Green (Thrush Green,...

4.13 avg rating — 1,632 ratings — published 1959 — 21 editions
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Village Diary (Chronicles o...

4.20 avg rating — 1,123 ratings — published 1955 — 21 editions
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Storm in the Village (Chron...

4.24 avg rating — 956 ratings — published 1958 — 15 editions
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Winter in Thrush Green (Thr...

4.24 avg rating — 1,003 ratings — published 1961 — 20 editions
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Gossip from Thrush Green (T...

4.32 avg rating — 769 ratings — published 1981 — 14 editions
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News from Thrush Green (Thr...

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4.25 avg rating — 824 ratings — published 1970 — 20 editions
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Christmas at Fairacre

4.33 avg rating — 684 ratings — published 1992 — 10 editions
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Summer at Fairacre (Fairacr...

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4.38 avg rating — 666 ratings — published 1984 — 15 editions
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Battles at Thrush Green (Th...

4.19 avg rating — 733 ratings — published 1975 — 17 editions
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“A quarter past three," she exclaimed, catching sight of the bedside clock. "What a time to be drinking tea!"
"Anytime," Harold told her, "is time to be drinking tea.”
Miss Read

“How lucky country children are in these natural delights that lie ready to their hand! Every season and every plant offers changing joys. As they meander along the lane that leads to our school all kinds of natural toys present themselves for their diversion. The seedpods of stitchwort hang ready for delightful popping between thumb and finger, and later the bladder campion offers a larger, if less crisp, globe to burst. In the autumn, acorns, beechnuts, and conkers bedizen their path, with all their manifold possibilities of fun. In the summer, there is an assortment of honeys to be sucked from bindweed flowers, held fragile and fragrant to hungry lips, and the tiny funnels of honeysuckle and clover blossoms to taste.”
Miss Read, Village Diary

“Thoughts by a graveside are too dark and deep to be sustained for any length of time. Sooner or later the hurt mind turns to the sun for healing, and this is as it should be, for otherwise, what future could any of us hope for, but madness?”
Miss Read, Village School

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