The Darling Buds of May - The Larkin Family Series (Paperback)H. E. Bates (author)
'Home looks nice. Allus does though, don't it? Perfick'
And so the Larkins - Pop, Ma, Mariette, Zinnia, Petunia, Primrose, Victoria and Montgomery - return from an outing for fish and chips and ice cream one May evening. There, amid the rustic charms of home, they discover a visitor: one Cedric Charlton, Her Majesty's inspector of taxes.
Mr Charlton is visiting to find out why junk-dealer Pop hasn't paid his tax - but nothing's that simple at the Larkins. Mariette takes a shine to 'Charley' - as Pop calls him - and before long the family have introduced the uncomplaining inspector to the delights of country living: the lusty scents of wild flowers, the pleasures of a bottle of Dragon's Blood, cold cream dribbled over a bowl of strawberries and hot, hot summer nights.
In fact, soon Charley can't see any reason to return to the office at all . . .
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 194 x 130 x 14 mm
A pulsing comedy of country manners. A five-alarm blaze of a book. Just about perfick. - Time
A gently, anarchic wish-fulfilling daydream - The Times
A perfick piece of entertainment - New York Times
A wistful daydream about innocence and happiness - Spectator
Pop Larkin, Ma and their progeny . . . are essentially English of the rich and ribald England of Chaucer and Shakespeare. A superb and timeless comedy - Scotsman
As funny as Evelyn Waugh and as enchanting as Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie. Don't miss it - Herald
They are absolute comfort books - The Lady
Pop is as sexy, genial, generous, and boozy as ever. Ma is a worthy match for him in all these qualities - -, The Times
As funny as Evelyn Waugh and as enchanting as Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie. Don't miss it - -, Herald
Pop Larkin, Ma and their progeny . . . are essentially English of the rich and ribald England of Chaucer and Shakespeare. A superb and timeless comedy - -, Scotsman
A perfick piece of entertainment - -, New York Times
A wistful daydream about innocence and happiness - -, Spectator
A pulsing comedy of country manners. A five-alarm blaze of a book. Just about perfick - -, Time
A gently, anarchic wish-fulfilling daydream - -, The Times
The Larkins live - these novels please us by escaping definition - -, Guardian
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