Miss Read captures the essence of rural life, and in particular of village schools, as only she can. This collection will be interspersed with extracts from her letters and diaries (never before published): January 1st 1963: The snow, which first started on Boxing Night, still lies very thickly. Drifts between here and Wickham are up to six and seven feet. Also includes an Introduction on how Miss Read was first created: Miss Read was born fully clothed in sensible garments and aged about forty. She was born, in fact, when the author was struggling to write her first book and needed a village schoolmistress as the narrator.