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  • 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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    (36)
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    (33)
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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"
  • Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre |  Miss Read

    Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
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    Story
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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!"
  • 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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    (42)
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    (27)
    Story
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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"
  • Winter in Thrush Green | Miss Read

    Winter in Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By June Barrie
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    A new excitement comes to the village of Thrush Green when Harold Shoosmith, a distinguished bachelor who has chosen the village for his retirement, takes the corner house on the green. Harold is soon enmeshed in village politics and becomes involved in the private lives of his neighbours as well. His presence has a dramatic effect on Dimity Dean and Ella Bembridge and is the cause of a serious misunderstanding between the two friends.

  • Farewell to Fairacre |  Miss Read

    Farewell to Fairacre

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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?

  • Village Christmas & The White Robin | Miss Read

    Village Christmas & The White Robin

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    From the rural festivities in 'Village Christmas' to the poignant tale of a white robin, these two stories demonstrate the wry wit and light touch of Miss Read. Two heartwarming and wonderfully festive listens.

  • Village Diary |  Miss Read

    Village Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (7)
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    (4)
    Story
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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.

    says: "Village diary"
  • Village School | Miss Read

    Village School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    (3)
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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.

  • 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’.

  • Tyler's Row | Miss Read

    Tyler's Row

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    The two-hundred-year-old cottages known as Tyler’s Row, with charming leaded-glass windows and an arched thorn hedge over the gateway, are supposed to provide a haven of peace for their new owners, Peter and Diana Hale.

  • Village Affairs |  Miss Read

    Village Affairs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (4)
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    (2)
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    The people of Fairacre are up in arms about the possible closure of the village school. This anxious time for Miss Read is made bearable by the support of all her friends and neighbours.

  • 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
    Overall
    (5)
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    (2)
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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.

  • The Market Square | Miss Read

    The Market Square

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    The first charming Caxley tale introduces the deep-rooted camaraderie between Septimus Howard, a calm and controlled man, and Bender North, a confident, successful but gruff ironmonger. Their argumentative sides often clash, displaying moments of fury and forgiveness with wonderful tenderness. Theirs is a friendship that survives misunderstandings, the tragedy of war, and the bitterness of loss. The story of their families continues through the generations. Read by June Barrie.

  • Emily Davis |  Miss Read

    Emily Davis

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
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    After the death of Emily Davis, school teacher and well-loved member of the local community, many of those who knew her cast their minds back to days past and to their memories of Emily. Dolly Clare mourns her loss deeply but remembers with joy and warmth the long friendship they shared. She is joined in her reminiscences by Jane Draper, who started her teaching career under Emily’s guidance, and by those further afield - from London to America.

  • 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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    (5)
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    (2)
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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.

    says: "Miss Clare remembers"
  • Over the Gate | Miss Read

    Over the Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A weight-losing recipe sends a portly Victorian housemaid literally sky-high. Mrs Next-Door, the queen of copycats, drives her patient neighbour mad with rage; the tragic tale of the ghost of Fairacre; the touch-and-go romance of Elsie Parker. In Over the Gate, Miss Read, the village schoolmistress, continues to remember odd incidents and excellent stories and to retell them with characteristic grace and compassion.

    says: "Over the gate"
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Celebrations at Thrush Green |  Miss Read

    Celebrations at Thrush Green

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miss Read
    • Narrated By Gwen Watford
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When the Cotswold village of Thrush Green decides to combine the 100th anniversary of a mission school opened by the village's most distinguished son and the centenary of the village school, the plans are for a very special celebration indeed.

  • 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
    Overall
    (9)
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    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

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