Miss Read Books In Order

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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 the pseudonym used by well known author named Dora Jessie Saint from England. She was also known as Shafe. Author Read used to write novels, mostly as a hobby and was a schoolmistress by profession. Her pseudonym was derived from the maiden name of her mother. Author Read is particularly famous for writing and publishing a couple of novel series called as the Thrush Green series and the Fairacre series. Both these novel series are set in the countryside of England. Read was born on April 17, 1913 in South Norwood, London, England; and died on April 7, 2012, in Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire, England. She was one of the younger daughters of Arthur Shafe and Grace Shafe. Her father, Arthur Shafe, used to work as an insurance agent, while her mother used to be a housewife. When Read was a small child, her family decided to move to the countryside for the sake of the deteriorating health of her mother. Her schooling began at the age of 4 in Chelsfield, Kent.

After some time, author Read joined her older sister to go to the Bromley County school. Seeing her father become a schoolmaster, she also decided to become a teacher and took teacher training at the Homerton College in Cambridge. Between the years 1933 and 1940, author Read used to teach in Middlesex. At first, she taught at Hayes and then later, at Ealing. In the year 1940, she got married to Douglas Saint and soon got blessed with a daughter named Jill. After the end of the World War II, she began working occasionally as a teacher. During the same time, she had also started about the country topics and schools in several magazines. Some of the most popular magazines that she wrote articles for include The Times Educational Supplement and the Punch. Author Read even worked for the BBC school service as a scriptwriter. In the period between 1955 and 1996, author Read continuously wrote novels, which centered around a couple of fictional villages developed by her, named Thrush Green and Fairacre.

The first book in the Fairacre series was published in the year 1955, whereas the last one appeared in the year 1996. Of the Thrush Green series, the debut novel came out in the year 1959. The main character depicted by author Read in the books of the Fairacre series is named as Miss Read, who is described as an unmarried school teacher living in a small village. She is an acerbic and compassionate observer of the different phases of her village life. Most of the books written by author Read are wry, social, and regional comedies, which are often laced with subtle commentary and gentle humor. Other than writing novels, author Read was also keenly interested in observing the changing seasons and the nature. The unique writing style of author Read was greatly influenced by a number of popular writers and one among them was Jane Austen.

Some of her work shows similarities with social ‘comedies of manner’, which were written during the late 1920’s and 1930’s. They also some glimpses of the successful books of author Barbara Pym. In turn, the prominent works of author Read have influenced several other authors like Jan Karon. Musician Enya has dedicated one of her album tracks after the book written by Read titled as ‘Miss Clare Remembers’. The list of written works by author Read also features a couple of autobiographies named ‘A Fortunate Child’ and ‘Time Remembered’. These two autobiographies were published in the years 1982 and 1986 respectively, and then together as one book as ‘Early Days’ in the year 1995. Eventually, author Read retired in the year 1996, following which she was appointed as a Member of OBE for her dedicated services in the field of literature. During the last years of her life, she used to live along with her husband in a hamlet located near Newburry, Berkshire.

The Fairacre series written by author Miss Read consist of 20 books totally, which were published between the years 1955 and 1996. The debut book in the series was titled as ‘Village School’. This book was released by the Mariner Book publishers in the year 1955. The beginning part of the novel introduces the stunning and remarkable schoolmistress named Miss Read, along with the lovable group of her children. According to Read, the children tend to lose themselves as the mittens with a mixture of their smiles and skinned knees. Author Read has described the English village named Fairacre as having a handful of cottages with thatched roofs, a school, a church, friendly faces, good cheer, and the promise of a fair weather. The environment in the village is quite good for most of the time. Each and every resident of the village knows about the business of the others, but still the villagers like themselves very much. Read is believed to have a discerning eye and a wise heart, which she uses to guide the readers through a glistening and the crisp autumn in the Fairacre village. She also introduces the readers to a group of unforgettable characters and an exciting world of romance, humor, and drama. As the winter comes near, author Read hopes that the readers will find themselves nestled with the wit and warmth of the Fairacre village.

One of the other initial and successful novels is the Fairacre series written by author Read was published under the title ‘Over the Gate’. It was also released by the Marine publishers in the year 1964. The central plot of the story of this book once again revolves around the life activities of the schoolmistress named Read. At the start of the novel, it is depicted that Read has worked for numerous years in the Fairacre village as a schoolmistress, and by doing so, she has collected excellent information about the varied and rich history of her loving country village. She has often learned the things from the neighborly conversations that take place over the gates. Author Read has also shown in the book that the village has witnessed several odd events, village folklore, entertaining episodes, which often ended in alarming consequences. One such incident was about the village ghost which was believed to be creating havoc in the lives of the villagers. On the whole, author Read has told many treasured stories about the past and present days of the Fairacre village, with a characteristic vigor and grace.


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One Response to “Miss Read”

  1. Susan Kirkham: 2 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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