The Village School, Paperback

The Village School Paperback

Part of the Fairacre series

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


The very first Miss Read novel - set in 1950s England, perfect nostalgia from the bestselling author of the Fairacre series. Fairacre is a village of cottages, a church and the school - and at the heart of the school, its headmistress, 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 schoolchildren with their scraped knees, hopeful faces and inevitable mischief. Miss Read takes us through the school year, beginning with the Christmas term when the bitterly cold weather challenges the school's ancient heating system, right through to the hot summer day when school is over for another year. Full of Miss Read's unique, acerbic wit, and wry observations, VILLAGE SCHOOL is an intriguing glimpse into a forgotten world, and has become a true classic.




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Lovely gentle tale of life in a village in the 1950's, told by the headmistress of the primary school. An interesting historical social study, kind of like James Herriot but without the cows!

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Beautifully observed tale of life centred around a 1950s English village. Miss Read is a wry and sophisticated social commentator whose gentle humour is never far away - 'She always spoke of "hubby" as though he were a hulking caveman and she a clinging little wisp dependent on him for everything. This "trembling-with-fear-at-his-frown" attitude was all the more absurd when one had seen "hubby", who stood five-foot-six in his dove-grey socks, had next to no chin and a pronounced lisp.' Superb.

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First book in a series about life as the headmistress (and indeed one of only two teachers) in a village primary school in 1950s England, originally published in 1955. It's fiction, but clearly drawing from personal experience. The idiosyncrasies of village life are observed with a gently wry tolerance, and even gentler irony.After five chapters, I think that this is a Did Not Finish for me -- not because it's a poor book, but because it's a good book that's somehow not quite my taste, and the To Be Read pile I can see from here contains some 40 books, at least half of which I have good reason to think I'll like a lot better. I shall put it aside and try it again some other time, since it's the sort of thing I ought to like.

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Very charming tale of a village school told by its headteacher. The characters are interesting and the details of country life and school events fresh and heartwarming without being sentimental. It's not for everybody but I found it awfully comforting and very funny at times. I'm glad it's a series.

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