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When the Green Woods Laugh [Paperback]

H.E. Bates
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Book Description

30 Nov 2006

'There!' Pop said. 'There's the house. There's Gore Court for you. What about that, eh? How's that strike you? Better than St Paul's, ain't it, better than St Paul's?'

And so Pop Larkin - junk-dealer, family man and Dragon's Blood connoisseur - manages to sell the nearby crumbling, tumbling country home to city dwellers Mr and Mrs Jerebohm for a pretty bundle of notes. Now he can build his daughter Mariette the pool she's long been nagging him for.

But the Larkin's new neighbours aren't quite so accepting of country ways - especially Pop's little eccentricities. In fact, it's not long before a wobbly boat, a misplaced pair of hands and Mrs Jerebohm's behind have Pop up before a magistrate .

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141029684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029689
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H. E. Bates was born in 1905 in Northamptonshire. He worked as a journalist and clerk on a local newspaper before publishing his first book, The Two Sisters, when he was twenty. In the next fifteen years he acquired a distinguished reputation for his stories about English country life. During the Second World War he was a Squadron Leader in the R.A.F. The Darling Buds of May, the first of the popular Larkin family novels, was followed by A Breath of French Air (1959), When the Green Woods Laugh (1960), Oh! To Be in England (1963). His works have been translated into sixteen languages. H. E. Bates was awarded the C.B.E. in 1973 and died in January 1974.

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After parking the Rolls Royce between the pigsties and the muck heap where twenty young turkeys were lazily scratching in the hot mid-morning air Pop Larkin, looking spruce and perky in a biscuit-coloured summer suit, paused to look back across his beloved little valley. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not so much comedy anymore 17 Nov 2009
I can not but give these books five stars because Herbert E Bates was a real master of the English language. With typical British dry wit he can even make the description of a prawn cocktail exciting! The way he describes people, meals and nature you see them in front of you and can even smell the smells.
Otherwise, this third novel in the series about Pop Larkin and his family is darker than the two previous ones. Here and there you can still laugh about something but some not so nice characters are introduced that makes it less of a comedy. In this third book, another year has passed and Pop is full of disappointment that his daughter Mariette and son-in-law haven't made him a grandfather. They are still living under his roof as well since he has not had the time to build them the bungalow he has promised them since their engagement days. He has bought an old country house in preparation for the bungalow erection but has not yet torn the house down to get the brick for the bungalow, when suddenly a London couple descends on him and want to purchase the house. Pop sees a way of earning a lot of money so he embellishes everything about the estate to the prospective buyers and they not understanding anything about the countryside, buy the house for an absolutely ridiculous price. Happily, Pop can now build a heated swimming pool for Ma. But that is not the end of his problems with the old country house. At a party given by the new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jerebohm, Pop gets unwanted attention from a Mrs. Perigo that is well-known for being a man hunter. During the entire winter he has to ward her off. And then when Pop kindly rows Mrs. Jerebohm over her lake to pick flowers, and perhaps puts his hands where they do not quite belong, helping her out of a rocking boat, said Mrs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book 20 Jun 2013
By sueb
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A lovely book to read in the garden that takes you away for this mad world and read about a lovely family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars H.E.Bates 5 Jun 2013
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Reread book first time in years and found it very funny, kept seeing actors from television series as the charactors in the book, a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic feel good reading 7 Jan 2014
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When I realised that I could get this book on my kindle I knew that my device and myself would be long term friends. In the depths of winter this is on of those reads that remind you that spring will come and there are also laugh out loud moments.
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this is one of a set you should read in order. The family with pa ruling the roost is always fun. the descriptions of the post war life of this unconventional family is sure you make you chuckle. It is not as well written as some of Bates other novels.
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