H. E. Bates had published his first collection of Uncle Silas short stories about 20 years previously to this second collection, which appeared in 1956. The mixture is as before, some being the recollections of the unnamed narrator (obviously Bates himself) of the adventures and tale telling of a young wide-eyed innocent boy with his elderly but still energetic great uncle; others either the grown-up man visiting the very elderly Uncle Silas or hearing tales from other family members and recounting the adventures in a more worldly-wise way.
Perhaps more in keeping with the times they were written, Sugar for the Horse is a considerably more broadly pitched collection, in that Uncle Silas's rampant libido is often to the fore, though Bates as a consummate craftsman, keeps the bawdiness within bounds, and the richness of the old scallywag's rustic way of life comes through as strongly as ever. That would be the last we saw of Uncle Silas (after all one of the very first of the stories describes his death in what must have been about 1930), and Bates gave birth to a new character very shortly after - Pop Larkin.
Utterly charming and a maestro of yarn spinning at work.