She wrote back in longhand on an aerogramme and that was the beginning of several exchanges about books, life, England and Australia. The letters I shared with Dora Saint remain amongst my most treasured possessions.
Her books, those gentle funny witty observations of English rural life from the mid-twentieth century to the beginning of the twenty first, are amongst my most read and loved books.
Last Saturday, on April 7th, ten days short of what would have been her 99th birthday, Dora Jessie Saint passed away peacefully.
On the anniversary of your 99th birthday vale Miss Read and thank you.