Miss Read must face the future in another delightful slice of village life...Now that Fairacre school no longer faces the threat of closure, Miss Read is looking forward to a few more years of teaching before retirement. But the best-laid plans often go awry. Unexpectedly, her health begins to fail and she faces some tough decisions about her ...
Miss Read must face the future in another delightful slice of village life...Now that Fairacre school no longer faces the threat of closure, Miss Read is looking forward to a few more years of teaching before retirement. But the best-laid plans often go awry. Unexpectedly, her health begins to fail and she faces some tough decisions about her future. Meanwhile, rumours abound about Miss Read's old friend Mr Mawne, now a widower; a handsome newcomer to the village takes a shine to the stalwart headmistress; Miss Read keeps a watchful eye on the courtship of a friend; and village life goes on.
Very good in fine dust jacket. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1993. 1st edition ed, 1st printing printing, NR FINE/FINE, Hardcover, 8vo, 213pppgs. Illustrated John S. Goodall. First American Edition stated. In this warm and humorous drama, Miss Read takes us back to the village of Fairacre, and considers leaving her long time post at the school. Book has few tiny check marks on page with book list of titles, otherwise book is clean, crisp, and tight, jacket is like new. ISBN: 0-395-68994-5. Shipped in a custom box and packed with care.
Very good in very good dust jacket. UK first impression. VG with a lean to spine and previous owner name to ffep. SIGNED to title page 'Dora Saint (Miss Read)'. The jacket is unclipped with a little spine fade. Michael Joseph 1990. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0.
I lead a rather hectic life in a hectic city, but always try to find a little time to read. I like books that give me insight into another way of life, with vivid imagery, interesting characters and great writing. All of Miss Read's books have that, but this one in particular explores what it is like to make a life-altering decision, the increasing burdens of the work day world and the generous spirit of small communities. This book is all that, as well as witty and thought-provoking. All of this in a completely vulgarity-free package. If you've read other Miss Read books, you'll love this too...and if you haven't, this book will inspire you to read her others.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-08-15 In the latest-and possibly final-installment of the chronicles of the English village of Fairacre and its tiny school, the pseudonymous author and narrator Miss Read (Changes at Fairacre) begins the academic year anticipating few surprises. Two relatively minor but frightening strokes, however, force the stalwart headmistress to consider, and eventually opt for, early retirement. In the course of her final, lovingly described year at Fairacre school, Miss Read carries on her amiable feud with the school's grouchy cleaner, fends off marriage proposals from a handsome newcomer to town, keeps a watchful eye on the courtship of a newly widowed friend and continues her involvement in the pleasing minutiae of village life. Though Miss Read acknowledges the existence of the contemporary world, the village and its school remain resolutely old-fashioned: ``More worldly children need videos and computers, but in Fairacre, we still enjoy pencils and paper, I am glad to say.'' Sensible, well read and acutely observant, the delightfully prim Miss Read continues to be very good company indeed. Line drawings. (Sept.)
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