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The Darling Buds of May

First Published in 1958 by Michael Joseph Limited.

The Darling Buds of May

'Larkin, that's me,' Pop said. He laughed in ringing fashion. 'Larkin by name. Larkin by nature. What can I do for you? Nice wevver.'

The Merry England of Chaucer, of Shakespeare... and, yes, of today, suddenly leaps alive under the hand of H. E. Bates as he turns his great talent to the invention of the undying Larkin family. For the Larkins have already passed into popular mythology.

Pop - thin, quick-eyed, and jocular - Ma, munching crisps and laughing like a jelly, and their magnificently named family of six crash their way through the English countryside in this hilarious family comedy.

"As brilliantly coloured as a knickerbocker glory."
Evening Standard

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