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Publication Order of Fairacre Books

Village School (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Village Diary (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storm in the Village (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miss Clare Remembers (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Over the Gate (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Village Christmas (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fairacre Festival (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emily Davis (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Mouse (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tyler's Row (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farther Afield (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Holly for Miss Quinn (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Village Affairs (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Robin (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Village Centenary (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer at Fairacre (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Changes at Fairacre (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farewell to Fairacre (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Peaceful Retirement (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fairacre Collections

Tales from a Village School (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Thrush Green Books

Thrush Green (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter in Thrush Green (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
News From Thrush Green (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Battles at Thrush Green (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return to Thrush Green (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gossip from Thrush Green (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Affairs at Thrush Green (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At Home in Thrush Green (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The School at Thrush Green (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friends at Thrush Green (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Celebrations at Thrush Green (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year at Thrush Green (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas at Thrush Green (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Thrush Green Non-Fiction Books

The World of Thrush Green (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Caxley Chronicles Books

The Market Square (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Howards of Caxley (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Fresh from the Country (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hobby Horse Cottage (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Bed (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plum Pie (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Peg Doll (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tiggy (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hob and the Horse Bat (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Boy (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Little Red Bus & Other Rhyming (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miss Read's Christmas Book (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Country Christmas (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Miss Read's Country Cooking, Or, to Cut a Cabbage-Leaf (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortunate Grandchild (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Remembered (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The English Vicarage Garden (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Early Days (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Griffin Sends Her Love and Other Writings (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Miss Read was a pen name for the English novelist Dora Jessie Saint. She most often wrote under the name of Miss Read, but also published books under the name of Shafe. Saint came up with the name of Miss Read by taking her mother’s maiden name. In addition to her work as a novelst, she also worked as a schoolmistress.

Dora was born in 1913 in London, but due to her mother’s health, the family would move to the country when Dora was just seven years old. She would attend school there and became inspired when her own father became a schoolmaster to follow in his footsteps. She would go to teacher training at Homerton College, Cambridge to learn her craft.

She would go to work in Middlesex, at Hayes and later at Ealing, until she met her husband, Douglas Saint. The two were married in 1940 and had one daughter. World War II took place which changed a lot at the time and after the war, she only worked occasionally as a teacher. This is when she began getting into writing, starting off by writing about schools and country topics for magazines like Punch. She would also do some work for the BBC schools service as a scriptwriter.

Saint was inspired by the work of Jane Austen and began to write her own novels. She published Village School in 1955, the first book in the Fairacre series of books. After that, she continued writing at a frequent pace and published many novels in her career.

Village School is the first book in the Fairacre series of books. This is the first book featuring Miss Read and her remarkable group of children. The story takes place in the English village of Fairacre which is filled with thatch-roofed cottages, a church, and a school. The town is known just as much for the fair weather as it is for the good cheer. That said, it is a town where everyone knows everyone else’s business which doesn’t stop anyone from liking each other. This first entry sees Miss Read take the reader through one autumn in her village and introduce us to the unforgettable characters of Fairacre.

The Fairacre series then continues with Village Diary. Each month of this book covers a month in the life of Miss Read. This is an exciting time in the town as Fairacre welcomes many newcomers for the village’s country pageant. At this time we meet Mr. Mawne, the man who all of the other villagers want Miss Read to marry.

Storm in the Village is the third book in the Fairacre series. This book sees trouble brewing in the small country village when it is found that Farmer Miller’s Hundred Acre Field is set for a real estate development. This leads to alarming rumors circulating throughout the town, including one that the school may be closing soon. Despite that, Miss Read manages to keep a level head and bring her clear-sighted candor to the report. However, the village is in for a battle to keep their village as it is as they are worried of being engulfed.

Miss Read also penned the Thrush Green series of books. The series begins with a book titled Thrush Green. The story introduces us to the village of Thrush Green, a neighbor of Fairacre, which is filled with enchanting landscapes, blackthorn bushes, and thatch-roofed cottages. This series aims to get you invested in the village’s characters and fates just as the Fairacre series did.

The series of Thrush Green continues with Winter in Thrush Green. The story picks up two years after the last book and focuses on more of the secondary characters from the first book while the main characters fade into the background. You have Mr. Piggott who complains about work while waiting to go to the pub, Ella and Dimity gossiping about their neighbor, and the the headmistress Miss Watson being robbed in her own home. The town is also planning a memorial for a local hero, Nathaniel Patten, as the 100th anniversary of his birth is upcoming. The series remains sweet and charming as the others with each chapter alternating between characters.

The Year at Thrush Green is the 12th book in the Thrush Green series. The book sees spring unfolding and the drama of village life blooming with it. The book offers more stories of the lives of some of the villagers including Dotty Harmer, Albert Piggott, architect Edward Young, and an American stranger who arrives to town looking for some family connections. Miss Read finds a way to tie together all these stories in a satisfying way and capturing the charm of the era.

Miss Read explored another village in Market Square which takes place in the village of Caxley. Life in the village revolves around the Market Square, even at times when the open air market isn’t open. The Howards and the Norths are two families who live here. Their families are coping with their lives and the readers come to care about them in the years before World War II. The book, like much of Read’s work, shows us a simpler time when family and friends was the most important thing to many.

Another great Miss Read book for fans of the Fairacre series and the Thrush Green series is Fresh from the Country. The story begins with a young woman named Anna Lacey who has spent the majority of her young life on a farm in Essex. Now, she has taken her first teaching position which takes her to a new suburb where she has to live in cramped lodgings and teach overcrowded classrooms. She came into her career with idealistic theories about teaching which she now has to change in the face of the reality of her pupils. The book is an accurate look at school life and the people who attended.

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One Response to “Miss Read”

  1. Susan Kirkham: 5 months ago

    Miss Read’s books make for very soothing reading. I have found them invaluable during the Covid pandemic. Yes they are illustrated which I find charming but that, to my mind does not mean they are a child’s book. The genre is portraying a much gentler time. Of course you can find fault with them for example the pupils attending Fairacre School never change despite the years moving on but I can forgive that because for me I’m not haunted by anything I am reading. I know that Miss Read preferred her Thrush Green characters but I much prefer the Fairacre stories.

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