Combining two volumes of autobiography - A FORTUNATE GRANDCHILD and TIME REMEMBERED - this is a wonderfully evocative memoir. It gives a terrific insight in the early life of a writer. Vividly brings to life the early 1920s. Includes the original line drawings. Miss Read's Fairacre and Thrush Green novels have sold over 3 million copies worldwide, and are being re-published in Orion paperback. The first three Orion paperback Miss Read titles reprinted within a month of publication. She has received excellent reviews: 'Unforgettable characters ... drama, romance and humour' Express. 'An affectionate, humorous and gently charming chronicle ... sometimes funny, sometimes touching, always appealing' New York Times. 'Delicious wit, quirky characters, the colourful intrigues of daily life, and certainly love and laughter ... delightful' Jan Karon. '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 was 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.