The Darling Buds of May

Author(s): H. E. Bates

Contemporary Fiction

'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 ...

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  • : 9780141029672
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.2
  • : November 2006
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 8mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2006
  • : books

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  • : H. E. Bates
  • : Paperback
  • : 2
  • : English
  • : 144