Miss Read's novels have become classics. Published alongside two others in the series, VILLAGE AFFAIRS and SUMMER AT FAIRACRE. Includes the original line drawings. The first six titles in the Fairacre and first three in the Thrush Green series have been published in Orion paperback and reprinted. The Miss Read novels have sold over 3 million copies. She has also received terrific reviews: 'Unforgettable characters ... drama, romance and humour' Express. 'Observed with exactitude, animation, and a sense of comedy that recall a Brueghel painting of village folk' The Times. '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 was a teacher by profession. 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.