The enchanting childhood memoirs of bestselling author Miss Read
Miss Read's early days were spent with two remarkable grandmothers - one in Lewisham, and one in Walton-on-the-Naze.
EARLY DAYS is full of childhood memories of an extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins, and their houses full of mystery and adventure, where Miss Read spent so much time, living in the shadow of the 1914-18 war.
At the age of seven, Miss Read moved to the small village of Chelsfield, Kent, into a magical new world - and so began her love of the English countryside, which was to have such a strong influence on her career as a writer.
Her evocative descriptions of the village school, the joys of exploring the woods and lanes rich in wildlife, and of childhood events from toffee-making to the treat of a lift on the corn-chandler's cart, vividly convey this time as one of the happiest of her life.
Miss Read is a teacher by profession who started writing after the Second World War. In additional 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.
Previous titles include:
Numerous novels including those of Thrush Green and Fairacre, plus non-fiction and children's books
Chronicles of Fairacre
Storm in the Village