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Started 26/02/2010 22:03:09 by cornishgirl. Topic has 7 reply(s).

cornishgirl

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Miss Read books!
#1 Posted 26/02/2010 22:03:09

Has anyone read these?
I've just come across her by chance and they look interesting.
Village life of a by gone era.
As i live in a village i thought i might relate to some of the characters.

 

MAUREEN BRADY

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Re:Miss Read books!
#2 Posted 27/02/2010 16:27:42

I read all the Miss Read books years when they first came out,I really enjoyed them.
Rebecca Shaw also writes about village life, and I also enjoy her discription of the village characters.
Like you I have lived in villages up and down the country
from Scotland to Wiltshire, back to Scotland then Surrey and now Norfolk and I can usually find someone in the books with similar traits to my local village.

 

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Re:Miss Read books!
#3 Posted 03/03/2010 08:48:12

This has made me wonder how 'contemporary' is defined by members - these books may not be classics, but they've surely been around a long time. What do others think?

 

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#4 Posted 03/03/2010 09:47:54

Hi,
I wasn't sure what category to put this post in.
I came across these books by chance and have yet to read one.
They were written in the 50's i think (quote me if i'm wrong)
Would they be classed as modern classics?

Thanks Maureen for reply.
Do you have an order in which to read her books,as there are quite a few.
I have "The village school",which is my next book to read and my first of hers.
Thanks,
Mary

 

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#5 Posted 03/03/2010 11:41:58

Yes, you're right - she does seem to have been writing in the 50s and later. So, perhaps the question is - what makes a book a classic, as opposed to anything else? And what makes up contemporary fiction - presumably the latter is books which are currently being written? What about books that fall into neither category? Or am I just nit-picking here..does it really matter?

 

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#6 Posted 10/03/2010 01:41:07

Village School was first in 1955 followed by Storm in the Village1958 and Thrush Green 1959 followed by many to 1986 including children's books and Red Bus for very young.
Mostly available in Penguin

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cornishgirl

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#7 Posted 10/03/2010 10:20:19

Hi Marie,
Thanks.
I have read "Village school" and "Village diary" and am loving them,they are very evocative of a by gone era.
I also have picked up a copy of "Christmas at fairacre" from my local heart foundation shop-might leave that one till next christmas to read!

 

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#8 Posted 14/03/2010 12:04:20

Christmas at Thrush Green is the latest one published last year. If you go to Play.com,click on Books, and type in Miss Read, it lists all her books,possibly in chronological order. Hope this helps.. I enjoy Miss Read books,they are a nice easy read.