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Battles at Thrush Green (1975)

by Miss Read

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Series: Thrush Green (4)

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Feelings are running high in the Cotswold village of Thrush Green. The rector's plan for the neglected churchyard doesn't meet with universal approval; there is a clash of personalities at the local school; and someone has returned to the village after an absence of fifty years.



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What I remember most about this book is a quote from one of the characters, in one of the scenes where a group of the older ladies of Thrush Green are chatting over tea. They are discussing the winter doldrums and one of the ladies says "I always buy a new pair of shoes in January and that perks me right up". This book is full of little moments like that, that for me were very easy to relate to. It focuses on the community of Thrush Green and the ordinary issues that it's members face--a widow moving on after her husbands death, a mother debating the schooling of her son with her husband, an older woman's questionable driving habits, a falling out between the teachers at the school. What is remarkable and heartwarming is how the members of the community slowly and steadily tend to one another and work out compromises that create a harmonious ending. Read this one for a cozy uplift-it might even be just as good as buying a new pair of shoes. ( )
  debs4jc | Mar 15, 2016 |
A wonderful comfort read, Battles At Thrush Green by Miss Read (Dora Saint) gives it’s readers a slice of rural British life in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s delving into the affairs of the residents that live in and around Thrush Green.

The battles referred to in the title are small, but nonetheless important to the residents, from the rector’s plan for the much neglected churchyard, to the battle on-going with the three teachers as to who gets which classroom. One resident find herself having to cope with widowhood, and another finds herself in trouble with the law as she attempts to take up driving after getting access to a car after a number of years without.

Through all the various stories, the author details the passing of the seasons through vivid descriptions of both the natural flora and fauna as well as depicting the calendar year through the gardens that the residents are so proud of. Battles At Thrush Green is the 4th book in Miss Reads’ portrait of day-to-day life in this small Cotswold village. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 29, 2014 |
A lovely escape read, into an English village where the "battles" are never very bloody. Along about March, when the snow is dirty and the weather can still be nasty, I long to escape to the Cotswolds and Miss Read's villages. Fortunately, all that's needed is a library card. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
This was such a great book! It carries the thread of life's simplicities that turn complicated, and rounds out the best and worst of human emotion. I loved it! ( )
1 vote Alix_B | Jul 6, 2011 |
Another good Miss Read novel about Thrush Green, a neighboring villige to Fairacre. Some of these characters are so lovable you wish you could meet them in real life (plus a trip to the Cotswolds would be a plus!) ( )
  dkvietzke | Jul 10, 2006 |
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At a quarter to eight one fine September morning, Harold Shoosmith leant from his bedroom window and surveyed the shining face of Thrush Green.
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