Over the Gate

The Beloved Fairacre Series

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“Here you’ll find delicious wit, quirky characters, the colorful intrigues of daily life, and certainly love and laughter. . . . Delightful.” —Jan Karon

Throughout her years as schoolmistress, Miss Read has gathered excellent accounts of the rich and varied history of her beloved English village, often through neighborly conversation over the gate. Fairacre has garnered its share of odd incidents, entertaining episodes, and village folklore, from an unusual recipe for weight loss found in an old notebook—and used with alarming consequences—to the tragic story of the village ghost. In Over the Gate, Miss Read retells many of these treasured stories of Fairacre past and present, with characteristic grace and wit.
 
“Affectionate, humorous, and gently charming . . . sometimes funny, sometimes touching, always appealing.” —The New York Times
 
“Miss Read has a humble, laughing heart.” —Mademoiselle
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About the author

Miss Read (1913–2012) was the pseudonym of Mrs. Dora Saint, a former schoolteacher beloved for her novels of English rural life, especially those set in the fictional villages of Thrush Green and Fairacre. The first of these, Village School, was published in 1955, and Miss Read continued to write until her retirement in 1996. In 1998, she was awarded an MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for her services to literature.
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Publisher
HMH
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Published on
May 2, 2007
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780547527192
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Friendship
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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Take a trip to America’s favorite English village: “If you’ve ever enjoyed a visit to Mitford, you’ll relish a visit to Fairacre.” —Jan Karon

The two-hundred-year-old cottages known as Tyler’s Row have been home to Fairacre residents for generations. With leaded-glass windows and an arched thorn hedge over the gateway, they make an ideal subject for a “Beautiful Britain” calendar. But the charming exterior of Tyler’s Row conceals more than its share of quirks, as well as some rather particular characters.
 
The new owners, Peter and Diana Hale, plan to create their own rural refuge by converting the middle two cottages into one. But beset by carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and bills, as well as their neighboring tenants—the redoubtable Sergeant Burnaby and the sour Mrs. Fowler—the couple soon has cause to ponder their decision. Fairacre isn’t the utopia they expected, and the Hales must adapt to life in a village that’s not always picture perfect.
 
Featuring a “rare combination of humor, delicacy, irony, and precision,” the novels of Miss Read capture the challenges and joys of small-town community life (TheNew York Times Book Review).
 
“The more turbulent the real world, the more charming we may find the stability of Miss Read’s tiny fictional world.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Miss Read has three great gifts—an unerring intuition about human frailty, a healthy irony, and, surprisingly, an almost beery sense of humor.” —The New Yorker
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