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Dora Saint, author of the 'Miss Read' books about English village life, dies at 98
LONDON (AP) ' Dora Saint, a prolific chronicler of English village life under the pen name Miss Read, has died at age 98.
The Newbury Weekly News reported that Saint died at her home in Great Shefford, 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of London, on April 7.
In 28 novels between 1955 and 1996, Saint wrote about the small conflicts and quiet excitements of life in the fictional villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green. She wrote 16 other books include two volumes of autobiography.
Born Dora Jessie Shafe, she married George Saint in 1940. He died in 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Jill Saint. A memorial service will be held May 17 at St. Mary's Church in Great Shefford near Newbury, west of London.