Luckily, Miss Read’s ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy’s marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise - and never forgets either her most important charge, the mixed bag of children in her school, or the joys of the changing seasons.
Fairacre is the setting for 20 of Miss. Read’s most famous books and Village Diary is the second book in this enduringly popular series. Dora Jessie Saint created the fictional village of Fairacre as well as the pen name Miss. Read after spending her childhood growing up in a picturesque region of Kent. She began her career as a teacher but soon fell in love with the idea of writing. In 1955 she began a hugely successful career as a novelist writing stories based on two idiosyncratic English villages: Fairacre and Thrush Green.
In this tale of Fairacre, we get tangled up in the life of Miss. Read, a local teacher, as she attempts to help her dear friend Amy through her troubles in her marriage while all the time retaining her sense of humour and well-balanced good nature. Faced with issues surrounding the education system, she also chats to the school doctor and inspector about rural penury as she tussles to properly manage the odd mixture of children she teaches.
Of course, no story in Fairacre is complete without a struggle to deal with the changing of the seasons… Listen to this CD audiobook and feel like part of the community in Village Diary.