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Fairacre is a village of cottages, a church and the school – and at the heart of the school, its headmistress, Miss Read.

Through her discerning eye, we meet the villagers of Fairacre and see their trials and tribulations, from the irascible school cleaner Mrs Pringle, to the young schoolchildren with their scraped knees, hopeful faces and inevitable mischief.

Miss Read takes us through the school year, beginning with the Christmas term when the bitterly cold weather challenges the school’s ancient heating system, right through to the hot summer day when school is over for another year.

Full of Miss Read’s unique, acerbic wit, and wry observations, VILLAGE SCHOOL is an intriguing glimpse into a forgotten world, and has become a true classic.

Read by Carole Boyd

(p) 2006 Orion Publishing Group