Forty delightful stories about life as a village school teacher.
CELEBRATIONS AT THRUSH GREEN
Nothing is known about the statue on the village green until the arrival of a strange letter;
FAREWELL TO FAIRACRE
In this, the last novel in the Fairacre series, the school mistress at Fairacre, Miss Read is looking forward to her retirement in a few years time. She is suddenly taken ill so is it now time to say farewell to Fairacre?
THE HOWARDS OF CAXLEY
Starting in 1939, this is the story of two families as they live through the Second World War, hoping for happier times ahead.
RETURN TO THRUSH GREEN
The finest house in the village is the one where Joan and Edward Young have lived for the past ten years. Now Joan's father is ill and must retire to the country - and he owns the house. Other residents also face change and decisions in this tale of the minutiae of a small country community.
THE SCHOOL AT THRUSH GREEN
Beloved primary school teachers Dorothy Watson and Agnes Fogerty announce their retirement and make plans to leave Thrush Green and buy a new home at Barton-on-Sea. The village people are aflutter with the news, musing about the teachers' replacements, the fate of the schoolhouse, and an appropriate farewell gift. Further drama unfolds as Dorothy takes up driving and Agnes finds a new friend in a stray cat.
STORM IN THE VILLAGE & THE FAIRACRE FESTIVAL
Miss Read learns of a proposed new housing development and the residents of Fairacre are soon up in arms.
As Fairacre celebrates the centenary of its village school, its spirited citizens - including a dour headmistress, an idealistic, inexperienced teacher, and a beekeeping vicar - meet the vicissitudes of life with verve and charm.
VILLAGE CHRISTMAS & THE WHITE ROBIN
Two stories from Miss Read demonstrating her wry wit and light touch. From the rural festivities of a village christmas, to the poignant tale of a white robin.
THE WORLD OF THRUSH GREEN
Set in the small Oxfordshire village of Wood Green, the author takes the reader on a personal tour of the village and meets again the host of characters that has peopled her previous novels - school teachers Miss Watson and Miss Fogerty, Doctor and Winnie Bailey and Albert Piggott.