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Village Diary

By: Miss Read
Narrated by: Gwen Watford
Series: Fairacre, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

‘As I have been given a large and magnificent diary for Christmas... I intend to fill it in as long as my ardour lasts.’ Luckily, Miss Read’s ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life.

Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy’s marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise and never forgets either her most important charge, the mixed bag of children in her school, or the joys of the changing seasons.

©1946 Miss Read (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lindy loo
  • 30-11-2010

Village diary

This is marvellous. The humour, the events, the history. All told in wonderful tones of english diction and great sense of humour. I lived it with her, and when it ended I rushed to buy another one in the series. Fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2013

memories

A good listen on a sunny afternoon in a deck chair remembering your lost childhood, before the kids call they are hungry

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  • Renka
  • 01-12-2015

Gentle, enjoyable series

What made the experience of listening to Village Diary the most enjoyable?

Rediscovering old friends in Thrush Green and Fairacre has been very enjoyable. I read all of Miss Read's books many years ago and having them read to me has been very pleasant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Village Diary?

I enjoyed all of it.

Have you listened to any of Gwen Watford’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Gwen Watford is an excellent narrator for Miss Read's books, She is by far the best of those I have heard.

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  • Rachel OK
  • 30-09-2015

Hooray For Miss Read

Whether it is a Miss Read novel or one of Thrush Green, I always feel soothed & happy listening to Gwen Watford narrating these stories. She is my absolute favourite for these books & is part of the magic. These are not fairy stories, but tell of everyday life, with its sadness & happiness, but from an era when values were different. Relish the nostalgia!

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  • Elizabeth590
  • 28-05-2019

Lovely Comforting Tales from Fairacre

I loved this book, real feel good stories, just as Miss Read always delivered. One little complaint though, not just for this book. Is Tibby a boy or a girl, half the time it is he and the other half she please sort this out and make updates to the audio.

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  • JAYNE W
  • 20-05-2015

How Refreshing.

Such a truly delightful diary it takes me back to my tender years as a child and how much I now admire the hard work and patience that went into teaching back then but village life even then is so refreshingly brought to life with all the characters and such a wonderful narration by Gwen I really enjoyed this and have now downloaded more Miss Read to listen to.

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  • Deborah
  • 07-07-2020

Always a lovely break from reality!

Have loved Miss Read books for decades, so much so l always hoped l would live in a village and my children would attend the local school. which they did! Miss Read is witty, wry and endearingly observant of human strengths and weaknesses. l dip into her books when l want a break from my usual reads of medieval history, thrillers and classics. They never fail to make smile and feel grounded.

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  • K E Webb
  • 19-09-2019

Nostalgia

Lovely book , as all the Village series are . Gentle and humorous , and a pleasant read always .

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  • melisa
  • 15-03-2018

Warm, funny, intelligent & brilliantly read

The Times Literary Supplement describes Miss Read as having the ‘asperity of a good apple pie’ and that is true - sweet, yet tart - delicious and comforting. She is also intelligent, political and witty. A portrait of the not too distant past that feels like another world - fascinating, uplifting and an utter joy. Brilliantly read - why is the whole series not available - and read by the same person?

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  • JPR Beader
  • 27-09-2016

Love Miss Read

The characters come to life when read by Gwen Watford. Love Miss Read's sense of humor.

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  • S. Swanton
  • 14-08-2016

Gwen Watford was one of the best audio actors ever

Miss Read's books are not the greatest fiction, but they are comforting and nostalgic - the sort of listening book that I play if I am doing the ironing. Miss Read was very a lucky author to have Gwen Watford read so many of her books.