Mrs Griffin Sends Her Love: And Other Writings.pdf
From organising the school summer fete..."Because of our inability to recognise our climatic shortcomings from the outset, arrangements for outdoor jollities get completely out of hand." ...to the sometimes rather odd passions of childhood "I collect stones with holes in them." Miss Read captures the essence of rural life, and in particular of village schools, as only she can. This collection also includes extracts from her letters: "Michael Joseph wrote after the OBSERVER thing and is throwing out feelers for a book. I shall know if he still feels like it - me too! - after we've met." It will also include an Introduction on how 'Miss Read' was first created: "Miss Read was born fully clothed in sensible garments and aged about 40. She was born, in fact, when I was struggling to write my first book and needed a village schoolmistress as the narrator."
Miss Read, or in real life Dora Saint, was a teacher by profession who started writing after the Second World War for PUNCH and other journals, and also worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. Miss Read was married to a schoolmaster for 64 years, and they had one daughter. Miss Read was awarded an MBE in the 1998 New Year Honours list for her services to literature, She was the author of many immensely popular books, but it was her village novels for which she was best known. The first of these VILLAGE SCHOOL, was published in 1955, and Miss Read continued to write about the fictional villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green for many years. She lived near Newbury in Berkshire until her death in 2012.