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Village Centenary (Fairacre Book 15) by [Read, Miss]
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"If you've ever enjoyed a visit to Mitford, you'll relish a visit to Fairacre." -- Jan Karon

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 11339 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st edition (May 15, 2001)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2001
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1UEYU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on June 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
The recently retired schoolteacher Miss Clare points out to Fairacre schoolmistress Miss Read that this is the one hundredth anniversary of the school. Miss Clare thinks back to when the villagers celebrated the fiftieth anniversary and the numerous suggestions by the villagers on how to celebrate and honor that milestone before settling on a marvelous tea party.
However, soon history repeats itself, as everyone seems to have an opinion on how to celebrate the centennial. Miss Read would relish just concentrating on the gala event and the myriad of ideas, but she has distractionss besides the welfare of her pupils to deal with. The school's skylight leaks will be difficult and expensive to repair. Miss Clare's replacement Miss Briggs needs seasoning, as she contains idealistic energy of youth not yet tempered by experience. Other villagers share unique problems with Miss Read, who thanks the heavens that custodian Mrs. Pringle remains as morose as ever.
VILLAGE CENTENARY is over two decades old but retains a freshness rarely seen in a long running series like the Miss Read Fairacre novels. The story line is a simple look at village life as a key milestone event is to occur. Heated arguments over what to do in a cozy environs seems so insignificant. That is until one thinks of some of the same types of debates in America such as the centennial celebration for the Statue of Liberty, the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence, and even the one-hundredth anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. Miss Read's tales are fun, insightful, invigorating, and universal.

Harriet Klausner
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Relaxing read about an apologetically single woman and her prosaic, ordinary life in mid-20th century rural England and her enjoyment of her home, work,community, and the seasons, and very much like every other book in the series. Authentic and believable, it is quite affirming, reminding me of my own life and what to enjoy about it. One book in a series of at least ten or fifteen that delve into characters and events common to many of these novels, this is a refreshing departure from repetitive, exhausting, contrived, and predictable themes in fiction, especially ones by women whose female characters' lives revolve around man-hunting,family themes, sappy stock story lines, or are ridiculously far-fetched. This series is written by an author who also has a gift for dialog, character development, and nuance rarely found in popular or canonical fiction. It is a relief to read something well written. I don't think I've ever read anything that resonates quite like this, am glued to the series, and am glad there are many more volumes to read.
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Format: Paperback
Miss Read books are lovely stories of the everyday life of a village schoolteacher. They are wholesome, funny and light reading. This particuluar story chronicles a school year where the school is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The banter between Miss Read and her school cleaner Mrs. Pringle is wonderfully funny. I love Jan Karon and the Mitford series, these books are as delightful as a visit to Mitford.
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This is a very fine book, as one of Miss Read's always is, full of the usual dry wit and funny, dead-on characterizations. It arrived in superb used condition, and I am very happy with its appearance and even the slightly shabby jacket, without a marred page, a flaw, or a mark of any kind. I love the used hardcover editions, especially when they originate in Great Britain and are not printed in China. However, I thought this one would NEVER arrive--it was a good three weeks before I had it in my eager little paws. (Ordered April 29; arrival time estimated May 24-June 7; arrived May 22.) It actually arrived a little earlier than the time estimated by the seller; however, why so long, even from G.B.? It seems inordinately long, at least, to me.) Since I had ordered the next three books in the series on the same day, and this one was the next in line to read, I left the other two volumes--which had arrived 3 weeks earlier--to gather dust so I could read them in order. Such discipline is rare in me. Arggghhh! It was hard to wait. I do hope the seller facilitates the shipping process in the future. To be fair, although I was warned that the book was not due to arrive for nearly 5 weeks after ordering, I HAVE received items from sellers in Great Britain in far less than 4 or 5 weeks in the past, and since there was nothing bulky, heavy, fragile, or unusual about this nice little book to make shipping difficult, I think the 4-star rating is fair considering all aspects of this transaction.
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"Miss Read lovers everywhere will welcome her...novel set in the beautiful English village of Fairacre. It's the one hundreth anniversary of Miss Read's school, which first admitted pupils in 1880. It was Miss Clare, who was a pupil and later a teacher there, who pointed out that such a centenary should be celebrated; and all Fairacre was quick to offer suggestions ranging from a tea party to a full-scale pageant.

Thinking of a practical way to stage such an occasion was only one of Miss Read's problems. A much grander affair, the Caxley Festival in May, took up a great deal of time and temper. The ancient skylight that had dripped for a hundred years on teachers and pupils alike was to be replaced by a new dormer window, about which Mr. Wllet had his doubts. The new teacher, Miss Briggs, fresh from college with idealistic theories, was a thorn in her headmistress's side. Mrs. Pringle was her usual dour self.

Fairacre had other problems. The vicar decided to keep bees. Miriam Quinn feared that she might have to leave home. Henry Mawne went house-hunting, and Amy, Miss Read's sophisticated friend, toyed with the idea of writing her autobiography.

The centenary year unfolds with its hopes and feard, its memories and forecasts, its friendships and feuds, and a lot of favorite characters return to delight and amuse in America's favorite English Village."
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