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Dora Jessie Saint MBE née Shafe (born 17 April 1913), best known by the pen name Miss Read, is an English novelist, by profession a schoolmistress. Her pseudonym is derived from her mother's maiden name. She began writing for several journals after World War II and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.

Saint wrote a series of novels from 1955 to 1996. Her work centred on two fictional English villages, Fairacre and Thrush Green. The principal character in the Fairacre books, Miss Read, is an unmarried schoolteacher in a small village school, an acerbic and yet compassionate observer of village life. Saint's novels are wry regional social comedies, laced with gentle humour and subtle social commentary. She is also a keen observer of nature and the changing seasons. Saint and her husbard, Douglas, now deceased, married in 1940. The couple had one child, a daughter named Jill.

Her most direct influence is Jane Austen, although her work also bears similarities to the social comedies of manners written in the 1920s and 1930s, and in particular the work of Barbara Pym. Miss Read's work has in turn influenced a number of writers, including American writer Jan Karon. The musician Enya has a track on her Watermark album named after Saint's book Miss Clare Remembers, and one on her Shepherd Moons album titled No Holly for Miss Quinn.

Saint retired in 1996. In 1998, she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to literature. She lives in Berkshire.

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Total Books: 496
Mrs Griffin Sends Her Love And Other Writings
2014 - Mrs Griffin Sends Her Love and Other Writings (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781409148142
ISBN-10: 1409148149
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Christmas with Miss Read
2012 - Christmas with Miss Read (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409120926
ISBN-10: 1409120929
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Village Affairs
2012 - Village Affairs [Fairacre, Bk 13] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781407238449
ISBN-10: 1407238442
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Pringle of Fairacre Lib/E
2011 - Mrs Pringle of Fairacre Lib/e (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780792763635
ISBN-10: 0792763637
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Celebrations at Thrush Green Lib/E
2010 - Celebrations at Thrush Green Lib/e (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780792763642
ISBN-10: 0792763645
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Christmas at Thrush Green
2010 - Christmas at Thrush Green (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781409102540
ISBN-10: 1409102548
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Miss Read Two in One
2009 - Miss Read Two in One (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409116714
ISBN-10: 1409116719
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Battles at Thrush Green
2009 - Battles at Thrush Green (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842626368
ISBN-10: 1842626361
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Celebrations at Thrush Green
2009 - Celebrations at Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Bk 11] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780752884264
ISBN-10: 0752884263
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Farther Afield
2009 - Farther Afield (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842626351
ISBN-10: 1842626353
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At Home in Thrush Green
2009 - At Home in Thrush Green (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780752883878
ISBN-10: 0752883879
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Affairs at Thrush Green
2009 - Affairs at Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Bk 7] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781407238418
ISBN-10: 1407238418
Genre: Romance
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Winter in Thrush Green
2008 - Winter in Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Book 2] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780618884391
ISBN-10: 0618884394
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 7

News from Thrush Green
2008 - News From Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Book 3] (Paperback)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780618884407
ISBN-10: 0618884408
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2

The School at Thrush Green
2008 - The School at Thrush Green (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780618884421
ISBN-10: 0618884424
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 5

The Year at Thrush Green
2008 - The Year at Thrush Green (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780618884445
ISBN-10: 0618884440
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Return to Thrush Green
2008 - Return to Thrush Green (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781405685962
ISBN-10: 1405685964
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Miss Clare Remembers and Emily Davis
2007 - Miss Clare Remembers and Emily Davis (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780618884346
ISBN-10: 0618884343
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Tyler's Row
2007 - Tyler's Row [Fairacre, Bk 9] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780618884353
ISBN-10: 0618884351
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 2

A Peaceful Retirement
2007 - A Peaceful Retirement (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780618884384
ISBN-10: 0618884386
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 5

Christmas at Fairacre
2007 - Christmas at Fairacre (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780618918102
ISBN-10: 0618918108
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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2007 - Over the Gate [Fairacre] (Paperback)
2007 - Storm in the VIllage [Fairacre] (Paperback)
2007 - Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback
2005 - The Howards of Caxley [Large Print] (Hardcover)
2003 - No Holly for Miss Quinn [Dales Romance] (Paperback)
2002 - The Fairacre Festival [Large Print] (Hardcover)
2002 - Fresh From the Country [Large Print] (Other)
2002 - Gossip From Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Bk 6] (Paperback)Hardcover
2002 - Friends at Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Bk 10] (Paperback)Hardcover
2001 - Country Bunch [Paragon Softcover Large Print Books] (Paperback)
2001 - Farewell to Fairacre [Fairacre, Bk 19] (Paperback)Hardcover
2001 - Mrs Pringle of Fairacre [Fairacre, Bk 17] (Paperback)
2001 - Village School [Chronicles of Fairacre, Bk 1] (Paperback)
2001 - Village Centenary [Fairacre, Bk 15] (Paperback)
2001 - Summer at Fairacre [Fairacre, Bk 16] (Paperback)
2000 - The Fairacre Festival and Tiggy [Thorndike Large Print General Series] (Paperback)
1998 - Peaceful Retirement [Windsor Selections S] (Other)
1996 - The Christmas Mouse [Miss Read Series] (Hardcover)
1993 - The World of Thrush Green [G K Hall Large Print Book Series] (Hardcover)
1992 - Tylers Row [Fairacre Chronicles] (Audio Cassette)
1992 - Market Square [Paragon Softcover Large Print Books] (Paperback)
1992 - The Market Square [Eagle Large Print] (Paperback)
1988 - School at Thrush Green [Thrush Green, Bk 9] (Hardcover)Audio CD
1975 - Animal Boy [Young Mermaids S] (Hardcover)
Little Red Bus Other Rhyming [Young Puffin Read Aloud] (Paperback)
Emily Davis/cassettes [Fairacre Chronicles] (Audio Cassette)
Miss Read's Christmas [Miss Read Series] (Hardcover)
School at Thrust Green [Thorndike Large Print Popular Series] (Paperback)
Village Christmas/the White Robin [The Fairacre Series 6 & 14] (Audio Cassette)
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