This is a box set of 5 novels by 'Miss Read' (real name Dora Jessie Saint), published by Penguin books in paperback in 1977
1) Village School, first published in 1955, 238 pages, illustrated by J S Goodall
In a village there are no secrets. As head of Fairacre's two-class school, Miss Read's every deed is subject for speculation, and she is inevitably involved in most of her neighbours' concerns.
2) Village Diary, first published in 1957, 251 pages
Like Village School, Miss Read describes the people of Fairacre with the same exactitude, sense of comedy and sharp observation.
3) Storm in the Village, first published in 1958, 205 pages
On a blustery March day in the village of Fairacre, Miss Clare sees two strangers, 'pacing slowly, side by side, along the edge of Hundred Acre Field which lay on the other side of Miss Clare's garden hedge...'
So begins a story which brings all the villagers of Fairacre together, as they face the prospect of developers, who hope to build new houses on the fields adjoining old Mr Miller's farm. Everyone has an opinion - but not everyone is in agreement about the development.
Under the watchful gaze of Miss Read, the schoolteacher, we meet old characters and new, from retired teacher Miss Clare and the surly Mrs Pringle, to the new assistant teacher, Miss Jackson - who brings with her problems of her own...
4) The Market Square, first published in 1966, 204 pages, illustrated by Harry Grimley
A historical novel about the nearby town of Caxley
5) Fairacre Festival, first published in 1968, 80 pages, illustrated by J S Goodall
The first day of October brings an unheralded and violent storm, which whips through Fairacre, blowing down trees and telephone poles -- and, worst of all, damaging the roof of St. Patrick's Church. The village's inhabitants can't imagine how they will be able to afford the repairs, until Mr. Willett suggests a fundraising festival. Preparations for a food sale, a concert, a school play, and a gigantic Christmas bazaar are soon made -- but will they be enough?