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News from Thrush Green | [Miss Read]

News from Thrush Green

Change occurs everywhere, even in the small fictional community of Thrush Green in the British Cotswolds. Dorothy Watson and Agnes Fogerty have taught at the school for as long as anyone can remIn this glowing novel of love lost and love found again, the Thrush Green cottage known as Tullivers has remained unoccupied for years. But suddenly it begins to show signs of life.
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In this glowing novel of love lost and love found again, the Thrush Green cottage known as Tullivers has remained unoccupied for years. But suddenly it begins to show signs of life. Its new residents are Phil, an attractive young woman, and her young son. There's no sign of any husband or father. The village takes the two under its collective wing. Harold Shoosmith, especially, arrives at their doorstep with advice and help when Phil starts working in her wild garden. A writer, Phil also gets help from Harold when he connects her with his best friend, a successful London publisher who prints her stories.

Finally, when Phil's estranged husband dies in a car accident in France, her new freedom brings more changes to her life as well as new love to the village. Here's heartwarming simplicity with marvelous restorative power.

©1970 Miss Read; (P)2000 Chivers Audio Books

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    Carl Smith 07-22-10
    Carl Smith 07-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Publish them all with Gwen Watford"

    Of the four Audible currently has, this is the first. But the whole series is more than 10 books written between 1950 and mid-1990's. Check wikipedia for the list. The books follow the same characters as they grow up and get married and have children or as they remarry late in life or deal with aging and propsects of their own death.

    Gwen Watson is the perfect narrator. She makes every character so human and not at all over-acted.

    These books are relaxing, amusing, sad at times, with some quirky characters that I just love. You just have to meet the eccentric Dotty Harmer in her project to find good homes for a litter of stay kittens.

    I enjoyed these so much I bought the print version of the first title in the series. Here's a quote from it that seems to capture Miss Read's philosophy: "People nowadays seemed too busy for gaiety, and what was worse, appeared to frown upon innocent enjoyment. Life was too dreadfully real and earnest these days, thought Mrs. Bailey, and all the young people were middle-aged at twenty. If only people would realize that light-hearted and gay things were not any less significant than the violent and brutish, what a step forward it would be. Because a song, a book, a play, a picture or anything created was gay, it did not necessarily follow that it was trivial."

    After "News from" listen to "Battles at Thrush Green."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Maple Park, IL, United States 09-14-05
    Richard Maple Park, IL, United States 09-14-05 Member Since 2001
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    "More delight in English village life"

    A return to Thrush Green for more simple stories about life in an English cotswold village, peopled by charming characters who deal with each others foibles and the drama of daily life.

    My wife and I discovered Miss Read some 20 years ago in British audiobooks read by Gwen Watford. We're delighted to find them again on audible.com.

    Gwen Watford does a splendid job in creating the characters and providing the "picture" of life in Thrush Green.

    You can't do better for a pleasant afternoon's listen -- in the car, at home, on vacation or whereever.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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