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Christmas at Fairacre: Village Christmas/Christmas Mouse/No Holly for Miss Quinn (The Fairacre Christmas Omnibus) Paperback – October 1, 2006


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"An affectionate, humorous, and gently charming chronicle . . . Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, always appealing."  —The New York Times


"Her books avoid sentimentality and have an asperity like the tartness of a good apple."  —Sunday Telegraph Magazine


"Here you'll find delicious wit, quirky characters, the colorful intrigues of daily life, and certainly love and laughter . . . delightful."  —Jan Karon 


"Miss Read so understands and loves the country and can write tenderly and humorously about the minutiae of village life without distortion or sentimentality."  —Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Miss Read was a teacher by profession who started writing after WWII. In addition to her novels, she has written on educational and country matters, and worked as a script-writer for the BBC. She lives in Berkshire, and was made an MBE for her services to literature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing; Revised edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877976
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on October 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Houghton Mifflin is releasing one of my all-time favorite books by the beloved Miss Read (pen name for Dora Saint). It's the hardcover version of Christmas at Fairacre. and it's simply delightful. This volume encompasses three of her other novels: No Holly for Miss Quinn, Village Christmas and The Christmas Mouse. No one in the world can write with such love and feeling about English village life like Miss Read.

Miss Read is the schoolmistress in Fairacre, and in this title she shares some of the best and most memorable Christmases of the English countryside. I always say: Miss Read can make polishing the schoolhouse stove exciting. And this volume is no exception.

As anyone knows, even the best laid plans often go awry. And thus it is in Fairacre during the Christmas season.

In Village Christmas we see that all the things about a person, or about in life, that can be seen as different and keep people separate, are really not important in view of the miracle of a Christmas birth. The birth of a little boy.

In The Christmas Mouse finds a visitor arriving on Christmas Eve. It is the meeting between an elderly woman and a young boy that will be long remembered.

In No Holly for Miss Quinn, Miss Quinn is the secretary to a Caxley businessman. She's extremely competent, unsentimental and chooses to spend Christmas without any fuss or family. But an emergency casts a new light on her thoughts of things when Christmas is viewed through the eyes of children. Oh, and there is an unexpected surprise.

And check out the other Miss Read releases by Houghton Mifflin. You'll be thrilled that you did. They are books that never go out of style. Their charm is sometimes because Miss Read writes about a simpler and gentler time. And that gives the reader such satisfaction.

Armchair Interviews says: Christmas at Fairacre is a must read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marion T. Silliman on February 11, 2010
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Miss Read, now 97 years old, has written at least 30 books depicting English life in an era that is fast or has vanished.
Her books sparkle with a robust sense of humor, uncanny descriptions of delightful characters, all woven together with
a philosophy of "love thy neighbor" which is very refreshing in this world of violence and tawdry interests.
Anyone is the better for a session with Miss Read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FYI TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Christmas Mouse" is a "tail" to read aloud on a cold winter's night: "Behind the row of wallflower plants, close to the bricks of the cottage, scurried the mouse, nose twitching. It ran across the garden path, dived under the cotoneaster bush, scrambled up the mossy step by the disused wall, turned sharp right through the jungle of dried grass behind the garden shed, and streaked, unerringly, to the third hawthorn bush in the hedge. There, at the foot, screened by ground ivy, was its hole. It dived down into the loose sandy earth, snuffling the dear frowsty smell of mouse family and mouse food. Home at last!" - from the 1966 HC, pg 171. This story of a family finding hope and faith, and sharing charity with a mouselike stranger, will delight listeners of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Shridhar on June 29, 2012
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Absolutely enjoyable book, as all of Miss Read's novels are. "Christmas Mouse" struck a chord with me long after I read the book (indeed, it has been nearly six months since I read it and I still recall the story vividly). Beautiful prose, SUCH realistic characters and lovely, understated humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debra Hickey on August 1, 2013
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Can't wait to settled into a comfy chair in the coziest corner of my home and escape into lovely Fairacre .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara St Aubrey on January 2, 2014
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Stories that remind me of what is important and brings with them a bit of nostalgia to the season. I cannot imagine a year without re-reading the Christmas Mouse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prairiereviewer on May 2, 2013
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See comments on Village School. Some material here is repeated from other vollumes, a fact which intrudes to this reader.
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