Home looks nice. Allus does though, dont 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.
H E Bates Collection The Larkins Family Set of 5 Books When The Green Woods Laugh, A Breath of French Air, Oh To Be In England by H.E. Bates
H E Bates Collection The Larkins Family Set of 5 Books When The Green Woods Laugh, A Breath of French Air, Oh To Be In England by H.E. Bates



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H.E. Bates's Collection The Larkins Family Set of 5 Books


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Book 1: When The Green Woods Laugh

Home looks nice. Allus does though, dont 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 inspector of taxes.
Mr Charlton is visiting to find out why junk-dealer Pop hasnt paid his tax - but nothings 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 Dragons Blood, cold cream dribbled over a bowl of strawberries and hot, hot summer nights. In fact, soon Charley cant see any reason to return to the office at all . . .


Book 2: A Breath of French Air


I should like to go to France, said Ma. God Almighty, Pop said. What for? For a holiday of course, Ma said. I think it would do us all good to get some sun. And so at the end of a rainy English August the Larkins - all ten of them, including little Oscar, the family new addition - bundle into the old Rolls and cross the Channel to escape the hostile elements. But far from being the balmy, sunny and perfick spot Ma Larkin hoped for, France proves less than welcoming to an eccentric English family. The tea weak, the furniture breakable and the hotel manager is almost as hostile as the wind and the rain they have brought with them! And when the manager learns that Ma and Pop are unmarried yet sharing a room under his roof, the trouble really begins . . .


Book 3: Oh! To be in England

Christening? We never said nothing about no christening, Ma, did we? And so with the appearance of a letter announcing the imminent arrival of Madame Dupont, Pop and Ma Larkin learn that little Oscar and Blenheim - Charley and Mariette new boy - are to be christened. In fact, once Mr Candy - who will be officiating (much to raven-haired Primroses delight) - learns that Pop and Ma have neglected the entire Larkin brood, the whole family seems set for a dunking! Pop, who needs no excuse to open a few bottles of Dragons Blood and host the perfick party, rushes out and buys a fun fair to celebrate. But there are one or two gatecrashers even Pop hadnot counted on turning up . . .


Book 4: The Darling Buds of May

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 Majestys inspector of taxes.
Mr Charlton is visiting to find out why junk-dealer Pop hasnot 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 Dragons Blood, cold cream dribbled over a bowl of strawberries and hot, hot summer nights. In fact, soon Charley cant see any reason to return to the office at all . . .


Book 5: A Little of What You Fancy

Teetotal! Ma said. Its a libel. He will never live it down. He will never be able to hold his head up again. Whatever will people think? What is he going to say when anybody asks him to have one? No, said Dr Conner. You will have to strap him down, Ma said. You will have to put the handcuffs on. And so after a mild heart-attack - caused by rather too much of what you fancy - Pop Larkin finds himself off the booze, off the good food and off the good life generally, much to his own and everyones else horror and upset. And while Ma tries to find ways around doctors orders, young Primrose is finding her own way round a rather flustered - not to say flushed - Mr Candy ...

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H E Bates Collection The Larkins Family Set of 5 Books When The Green Woods Laugh, A Breath of French Air, Oh To Be In England

SKU:
U9-TheLarkins-5bks
Location:
U8-8067
Cat No:
SNW4898
Product ID:
DEALMAN-U9-TheLarkins-5bks
EAN:
9789526535616
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Binding:
Paper Back
Language:
English

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