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“The story of the village goes back a long, long time, and it still goes on. I have listened to my neighbours’ accounts of tales long ago, and with what unfailing curiosity I observe the happenings of today!”

From an unusual weight-losing recipe found in an old notebook – and used with alarming consequences – to the queen of copy-cats who drives her neighbour mad with anger, OVER THE GATE is a hugely entertaining collection of tales from Fairacre, past and present.

Miss Read, the school mistress, continues to attract odd stories and village folklore, and retells them with her characteristic compassion and humour.

Read by Carole Boyd

(p) 2008 Orion Publishing Group