The third novel in the bestselling Fairacre series.
On a blustery March day in the village of Fairacre, Miss Clare sees two strangers, 'pacing slowly, side by side, along the edge of Hundred Acre Field which lay on the other side of Miss Clare's garden hedge...'
So begins a story which brings all the villagers of Fairacre together, as they face the prospect of developers, who hope to build new houses on the fields adjoining old Mr Miller's farm. Everyone has an opinion - but not everyone is in agreement about the development.
Under the watchful gaze of Miss Read, the schoolteacher, we meet old characters and new, from retired teacher Miss Clare and the surly Mrs Pringle, to the new assistant teacher, Miss Jackson - who brings with her problems of her own...
Observed with exactitude, animation, and a sense of comedy that recall a Brueghel painting of village folk - THE TIMES
Here you'll find delicious wit, quirky characters, the colourful intrigues of daily life, and certainly love and laughter ... delightful - Jan Karon
An affectionate, humorous and gently charming chronicle ... sometimes funny, sometimes touching, always appealing - NEW YORK TIMES
Miss Read so understands and loves the country and can write so tenderly and humorously about the minutiae of village life without distortion or sentimentality - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
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