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VILLAGE CENTENARY welcomes us back to Miss Read's cozy downland village just in time for the one hundredth anniversary of Fairacre School. Miss Clare, who was a pupil and later a teacher there, points out that such a centenary should be celebrated, and all of Fairacre is quick to offer suggestions -- from a tea party to a full-scale pageant. Deciding how best to stage the grand occasion, however, is only one of Miss Read's problems. The ancient skylight in the school is leaking, and Mr. Willetts fears that replacing it will be a difficult job. The new teacher, Miss Briggs, fresh from college and full of idealistic theories, proves a thorn in Miss Read's side. The vicar has decided to keep bees. Miriam Quinn is afraid she might have to leave home. And Mrs. Pringle is her usual dour self. But the seasons continue to change, and the centenary year unfolds with its hopes and fears, its memories and forecasts, its friendships and feuds. VILLAGE CENTENARY marks yet another delightful year in the company of our favorite Fairacre friends.
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Miss Read (1913-2012) was 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.Review:
"If you've ever enjoyed a visit to Mitford, you'll relish a visit to Fairacre." -- Jan Karon
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR001290772
Book Description Michael Joseph, London, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Goodall, John S. (illustrator). Hardcover in good condition. First edition. Dust jacket is marked and shelfworn. Hardcover spine ends are a little bumped. Spine is cocked. Foxing on page block and some pages. Pen on reverse of half-title page. Contents are clear. AM. Used. Seller Inventory # 448439
Book Description Michael Joseph, London, 1986. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good +. Goodall, J.S. (illustrator). 1st Thus. A solid spine with very light edge rubbings. The dustjacket is in mylar wraps with light corner rubbing. Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 007167
Book Description Michael Joseph Ltd, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1980 EDITION without dust jacket on blue cloth - rare and collectable - will send out 1 st class post. Seller Inventory # mon0000066758
Book Description Michael Joseph 1987-02-16, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Books is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear. This item may not come with CDs or additional parts and might be an ex-library copy. Seller Inventory # DS-0718119541-3
Book Description Michael Joseph 1980, London, 1980. Hard Cover. First Edition. 236pp. Illus. by J. S. Goodall. Good Plus except for a small tear of 1/8" in the center of the top of the backstrip and moderate foxing on top edge. DJ is good plus, foxed along the edges of the DJ flaps. (loc 323). Seller Inventory # 27418
Book Description Joseph (Michael), 1980. 1st. The best way to celebrate the centenary of Fairacre's village school is just one of the problems facing Miss Read here. 236 pages. Illustrations and dust jacket by John S Goodall. Blue boards. Dust jacket price clipped. Seller Inventory # 18616
Book Description Michael Joseph, London, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. Illustrated by Goodall, J S (illustrator). First Edition; First Printing. Slight edge wear and tear to price clipped DJ. Spine corners slightly bumped, small ink christmas message to half title. ; Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine, pictorial endpapers. Nice tight copy, DJ artwork by J S Goodall. ; B&W Illustrations; 236 pages; The village school is 100 years old, and there is a lot more to celebrate in Fairacre. Seller Inventory # 12430
Book Description Michael Joseph Ltd, 1980. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # 006651
Book Description Michael Joseph, London, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 0718119541. Seller Inventory # 017221