Open the gate to Fairacre, America’s favorite English village.
The two-hundred-year-old cottages known as Tyler’s Row, with charming leaded-glass windows and an arched thorn hedge over the gateway, are supposed to provide a haven of peace for their new owners, Peter and Diana Hale. They plan to convert the middle two cottages into one, to create their own rural refuge. But beset by carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and bills, as well as their neighboring tenants, the redoubtable Sergeant Barnaby and the sour Mrs. Fowler, both longtime residents of Tyler's Row, the couple soon have cause to ponder their decision. Fairacre is not the utopia they expect, and the Hales must adapt to ordinary life in a village full of extraordinary quirks.
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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.Review:
"Trust Miss Read to brew up the gentlest of trivia into a cup of fictional Bovril tha will warm the hearts of her fans." (New York times Book Review (Feb 11, 1973) )
"This affectionate tale of English village life will delight all Miss Read's fans and charm those nostalgia-hunters in search of the simple life." (Publishers Weekly )
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1975. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140039171
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1975. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140039171