Village Affairs

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Fiction - 239 pages
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Open the gate to Fairacre, America’s favorite English village.

The English village of Fairacre may appear idyllically peaceful to passersby, but those who live among its shady lanes always have problems to untangle. When a terrible rumor emerges — that the Fairacre School is to be closed and the children bused to nearby Beech Green — the village is up in arms at once. The schoolmistress, Miss Read, suffers agonizing indecision at the prospect, and her situation is made worse when her infants’ room teacher decides to leave and the short-tempered Mrs. Pringle becomes more contrary than ever.
  

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

This book goes back to the formula of little vignettes from Fairacre village life, with small upsets, small triumphs and a lot of gossip. Minnie Pringle (no better than she should be!) has some ... Read full review

Review: Village Affairs (Fairacre #13)

User Review  - Ruby Rose Scarlett - Goodreads

Very amusing, touching and lovely. A classic Miss Read. Read full review

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Contents

Forebodings
12
News of Minnie Pringle
24
Could it be Arthur Coggs?
35
Mrs Pringle has Problems
47
Hazards Ahead
59
The Managers Meeting
70
Troubles Never Come Singly
82
Fairacre Hears the News
93
Militant Managers
138
Other Peoples Homes
148
The Summer Holiday
158
Fate Lends a Hand
171
Two Ladies in Trouble
172
Snow
183
Renewed Fears
193
A Battle in Caxley
204

A Welcome Diversion
94
Mrs Pringle Goes to War
104
Who Shall it be?
115
Problems
126
Doctor Martin Meets his Match
217
Relief on two Fronts
229
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About the author (2007)

Miss Read is the pseudonym of Mrs. Dora Saint, a former schoolteacher beloved for her novels of English rural life, especially those set in the fictional villages of Thrush Green and Fairacre. The first of these, Village School, was published in 1955, and Miss Read continued to write until her retirement in 1996. In the 1998, she was awarded an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, for her services to literature. She lives in Berkshire.

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