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  • Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre |  Miss Read

    Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    Mrs. Pringle, the lugubrious school cleaner, has always been a favorite character in the Fairacre series. Here, through the eyes and anecdotes of the schoolmistress Miss Read, and others, we trace Maud Pringle's life. They include childhood visits to the village from her Caxley home, through her working days before her marriage to Fred Pringle, and on to her long association with Fairacre School. We meet again many old friends as they cross Mrs. Pringle's path....

    Kathleen McKinney says: "Fairacre-the perfect English village-enjoy!"
  • The School at Thrush Green: Thrush Green, Book 9 |  Miss Read

    The School at Thrush Green: Thrush Green, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    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 remember, but now they're thinking and talking about retirement. It won't be an easy adjustment for them, or the village residents. Whom can they find that can possibly fill the women's shoes? Meanwhile, the town wonders if the Lovelock sisters will keep their domestic help. And is that young man really an architectural student, as Agnes thinks?

    Kimberly says: "Finally! More Miss Read books from Audible"
  • Farther Afield | Miss Read

    Farther Afield

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
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    The end of the school year often brings unmitigated rapture for schoolteachers, and so it should for Miss Read, schoolmistress in the charming English village of Fairacre. But on the very first day of the long summer holiday, she falls and breaks her arm. Just when her summer seems ruined, her old friend Amy Garfield, comes to her aid with a diverting suggestion. They travel to Crete for two weeks, and the change of scene provides a welcome break for both of them.

  • Summer at Fairacre | Miss Read

    Summer at Fairacre

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    Summer at Fairacre charmingly recounts this bright, bustling season and the problems and possibilities that unfold against the backdrop of roses, skylarks and bees... Joseph Coggs finds a temporary home in the schoolhouse while his mother is in the hospital. Miss Read’s friend Amy mysteriously disappears. And, perhaps most difficult of all, Mrs. Pringle, the grumpy school cleaner, is unable to work because of her ‘bad leg’.

  • Celebrations at Thrush Green | Miss Read

    Celebrations at Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    Nathaniel Patten was one of Thrush Green's most famous sons. A statue of Patten has graced the village green for years, but little is actually known of him among present day townsfolk, until an unexpected letter arrives. It turns out that the upcoming centenary of Thrush Green's own village school and of Patten's founding of his mission school in Africa coincide. What a good excuse to combine the festivities for a very special celebration indeed.

    Richard says: "Bravo Miss Read"
  • Village Diary |  Miss Read

    Village Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    ‘As I have been given a large and magnificent diary for Christmas... I intend to fill it in as long as my ardour lasts.’ Luckily, Miss Read’s ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy’s marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise.

    A User says: "Village diary"
  • Farewell to Fairacre |  Miss Read

    Farewell to Fairacre

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
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    Having enjoyed robust health throughout her career, Miss Read, the village schoolmistress at Fairacre, is looking forward to an energetic retirement in a few years' time. But, to her dismay, she is suddenly taken ill. She has no wish to give up her post yet, but memories of her former colleague collapsing in front of the schoolchildren haunt her. Is it time to say farewell to Fairacre?

  • Storm in the Village & Fairacre Festival | Miss Read

    Storm in the Village & Fairacre Festival

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By June Barrie
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    Storm in the Village, Miss Read, Headmistress of Fairacre School, learns of a proposed new housing development that soon has the citizens of Fairacre up in arms. In The Fairacre Festival, after a storm damages the church roof, the villagers must raise money for repairs.

  • Mrs Griffin Sends her Love: And Other Writings | Miss Read

    Mrs Griffin Sends her Love: And Other Writings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    From organising the school summer fete - 'Because of our inability to recognise our climatic shortcomings from the outset, arrangements for outdoor jollities get completely out of hand' - to the sometimes rather odd passions of childhood - 'I collect stones with holes in them' - Miss Read captures the essence of rural life, and in particular of village schools, as only she can.

  • Village School | Miss Read

    Village School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    Fairacre is a village of cottages, a church and the school - and, at the heart of the school, its head mistress Miss Read. Through her discerning eye, we meet the villagers of Fairacre and see their trials and tribulations, from the irascible school cleaner Mrs Pringle, to the young school children, with their scraped knees, hopeful faces and inevitable mischief.

  • Time Remembered & A Fortunate Grandchild | Miss Read

    Time Remembered & A Fortunate Grandchild

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Miss Read
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    Those who have come to love Miss Read's delightfully humorous novels of country life will be enraptured by these two autobiographical volumes, affectionate and unashamedly nostalgic accounts of her childhood. In A Fortunate Grandchild, Miss Read draws on her gentle and colourful memories of Grandma Read in Lewisham and Grandma Shafe in Walton-on-the-Naze, and their rambling, flock-wallpapered houses full of nooks and forbidden adult mysteries, which provided young Dora with a bedrock of security in the uncertain days of the Great War.

  • A Peaceful Retirement |  Miss Read

    A Peaceful Retirement

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
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    The village schoolmistress, Miss Read, greets retirement with excitement, and settles down to endless lazy days, but her idyll is interrupted by the daily cares of her friends and fellow villagers in this, the latest Miss Read novel.

  • Miss Clare Remembers |  Miss Read

    Miss Clare Remembers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    On a bright summer's day, old Miss Clare, now retired from teaching, awaits the visit of her oldest friend, Emily Davis. In between, she recalls the events in their 70-year friendship and country life in England during that time.

    A User says: "Miss Clare remembers"
  • At Home in Thrush Green | Miss Read

    At Home in Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    Charles Henstock, vicar of Thrush Green, is living in his new vicarage after the old one burned down. In its place are eight retirement homes, but there’s heated debate in the village about the new residents. How to choose who will live there? How will they get on together? And how will they accommodate all the pets? Meanwhile the old residents have their worries.

    Pam says: "."
  • Fresh from the Country |  Miss Read

    Fresh from the Country

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    Anna Lacey had spent most of her 20 years on her Essex farm. Her doting parents, rural friends and country childhood had not prepared her for the shock of relocation to a raw new neighbourhood for her first year as a teacher. But Anna was gifted with the abilities to make friends and to learn as she taught.

  • The Year at Thrush Green |  Miss Read

    The Year at Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
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    As spring begins at Thrush Green, a series of local dramas takes hold of the community. Plans for the fete are hotting up, the illness of Mrs Peters at the restaurant makes the future unsure for the staff, and there are problems at Rectory Cottages.

  • Mrs Pringle |  Miss Read

    Mrs Pringle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    Mrs Pringle, the lugubrious school cleaner, has always been a favourite character in the Fairacre series. Here we trace Maud Pringle's life from childhood visits to the village from her Caxley home.

    Linda says: "I just received a book I did not order."
  • Gossip from Thrush Green | Miss Read

    Gossip from Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    Gossip From Thrush Green returns readers to that delightful English village, neighbour to Fairacre, for a golden summer. But this sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity among the villagers. Rumour has it that Mr. Venables is considering retirement just as the village’s teacher is about to make an important decision. Molly Curdle prepares for a new baby. The kindly vicar, Charles Henstock, works on his sermon - quite unaware of the disaster that will overtake him.

  • Thrush Green | Miss Read

    Thrush Green

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Clare Higgins
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    It's the May Day holiday, and a fair has come to the village of Thrush Green. The residents of Thrush Green all have their own views about the fair. For young Paul, just recovered from an illness, it is a joy to be allowed out to play at the fair; for Ruth, who returned to the soothing tranquility of Thrush Green nursing a broken heart, the fair is a welcome distraction from her own problems. And for Dr Lovell, the fair brings an unexpected new patient.

  • Battles at Thrush Green | Miss Read

    Battles at Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Thrush Green is normally a peaceful place. But as autumn turns to winter, feelings are running high in the village. Miss Fogerty, a respected teacher at the village school for over thirty years, is troubled by the methods of the new young teacher. Dotty Harmer takes up driving, much to the concern of others, and it isn’t long before she is involved in an accident and a threatening court case.

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