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At Home in Thrush Green Hardcover – December 2, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (December 2, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395412242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395412244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Miss Read is the pseudonym of Mrs. Dora Saint, a former schoolteacher beloved for her novels of English rural life, especially those set in the fictional villages of Thrush Green and Fairacre. The first of these, Village School, was published in 1955, and Miss Read continued to write until her retirement in 1996. In the 1998, she was awarded an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, for her services to literature. She lives in Berkshire.

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Listening to this book is rather like sharing a pot of tea as Gwen Watford tells about the daily comings and goings of this English village. This tale is narrated with affection for the characters and a charming and quaint style of life that few listeners will have enjoyed. Timely issues related to providing adequate care and housing for aging residents and the adjustments required for relocation into elder housing are dealt with in the context of the story and its characters. Watford keeps the story moving and lively. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Teacozy on November 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
Miss Read's books are as comforting as cup of hot tea on a cold day. The world of Thrush Green is endearing but not so perfect that it is uninteresting. It is inhabited by characters that are by turn charming,wise,eccentric and down-right irritating! The stories, set in a fictional town in modern England, portray a pace of life that is appealing to those of us who live in the busy, disconnected world of 21st century America and while they are somewhat idealized, the real world is allowed to intrude and the characters must deal with some of the same situations we face in our own lives....aging relatives, loss and disappointment. Yet the book always leaves you with the feeling that life is good. If you like Jan Karon or Jane Austen, you will love Miss Read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By willow 38 on November 20, 2010
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Complete your set of Miss Read's books. All the books on Thrush Green have a real backround from Mrs Dora Saint (the real Miss Read). Start at the beginning and add as you can. you won't regret having all her books on a cold rainy winter day even if you live in Florida.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mimbelina on July 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Though he fondly remembers the poorly designed Victorian vicarage that was reduced to cinders recently, leaving him and his wife homeless, Charles Henstock, the rector of Thrush Green is pleased to observe the completion of the new senior residences that have taken its place. The charming little cottages are perfect for the older residents of the area who can no longer care for themselves. Applicants for the limited space are numerous, however, and it is with some anxiety that Charles and the other members of the board sit down to choose the first inhabitants of the homes. After much deliberation, their choice is made and the community eagerly watches to see if the new inhabitants will be pleased with their homes and will live peaceably together. Meanwhile, other concerns arise in each of the village homes. Friendships are tested by arguments and misunderstanding, sickness plagues many households and new relationships and business partnerships are formed, to the delight of many. Though the mood of the village seems bleak at many times, the sunshine returns and harmony once again reigns at the close of the book.

Peopled by charming, very human characters who find themselves in some interesting predicaments, this installment of the Thrush Green series is, like its predecessors, a sweet and cozy read. Simple but filled with wisdom, it's perfect for a day when you need to be reminded of all that is good in this world, despite the trials that we all face, whether we live in the big city or a quaint little English village.
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