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'As I have been gien a large and magnificent diary for Christmas - seven by ten and nearly two inches thick - I intend to fill it is as long as my ardour lasts. Further than that I will not go. There are quite enough jobs that a schoolmistress must do ...'
Luckily for her readers, Miss Read's ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy's marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humouous and wise - and never forgets either her most important charge, the mixed bag of children in her school, or the joys of the changing seasons.