A special bonus - this edition includes FAIRACRE FESTIVAL. Miss Read's novels have become classics. Published alongside two others in the series, FARTHER AFIELD and TYLER'S ROW. Includes the original line drawings. The first three in the Fairacre series have been published in Orion paperback and all three reprinted within a month of publication. The Miss Read novels have sold over 3 millions copies. She has also received terrific reviews: '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. '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. 'Unforgettable characters ... drama, romance and humour' Express.
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.