Summer at Fairacre - Miss ReadMichael Joseph, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the head and tail. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “If you live in the downland village of Fairacre, you know only too keenly how rigorous winter can be, and at the village school Miss Read, the headmistress, sees that the tortoise stoves are kept well stoked — that is, if Mrs Pringle, the school cleaner, permits it. And so a hot summer is very welcome, and this latest novel is truly a celebration of summer. It evokes the scent of the hayfields and Albertine roses, the sound of skylarks and bees. Against this sunny background, village activities go on — Joseph Coggs finds a temporary home in the schoolhouse while his mother is in hospital; the assistant teacher, Miss Briggs, plans her wedding; Miss Read's friend, Amy, mysteriously disappears; a television programme is to be made about a local Victorian poet; and, perhaps most difficult of all, Mrs Pringle is unable to work when her bad leg flares up after a tiff with Miss Read. How Miss Read deals with all these events — with the help of old and new friends — is charmingly recounted in Summer at Fairacre.”
Illustrated by J. S. Goodall. Size: 8" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 242 pages.