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on 1 July 2007
Another fantastic Larkin tale (this being the last of the "Pop Larkin Chronicles). The whole series of Larkins / Darling Buds stories are a must & this one is no exception. This one differs the most from the TV adaptation but is probably richer for it - Mr Candy the vicar & the blossoming Primrose's relationship is on the rise, under the watchful eye of Ma Larkin.
Although this is, at times, the most sombre of all the Larkin tales (to say why might spoil the read !), it still has all the essential Larkin ingredients - family, friends, bawdy high jinks & a touch of sauce - brilliant in every way.
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on 17 March 2013
These tales are ideal for any time you are feeling low they bring a warm smile to ones heart and I loved it
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on 10 May 2015
I enjoyed the serialization of the books on television , however enjoyed the books more. This particular book was no exception, I enjoyed the atmospheric descriptions and the characters who were full of life, although at times I couldn't help picturing them as they were in the series.
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on 9 August 2014
Bates returns to basics, socially inept male seduced by teenage daughter, an interfering Man from The Ministry, but adds a new dimension with Pop laid low by illness. An entertaining and appropriate way to end the Larkin era.
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on 5 June 2013
Good read, rediscovered all the Larkins again after many years away from them, do not disappoint, everyone should read them at least once in their lives
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on 17 September 2014
Wasn't expecting this story line as I have enjoyed the TV series. But as usual a good read and the larkins deal with life in their usal manner.
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on 16 July 2011
This book is the fifth and last book in the series about the Larkins (Darling Buds of May). There is a six or seven year gap from the fourth book. The story is about Pop, he as had an heart attack and is bed ridden for a while. He cannot indulge in his favourite things in life, eating, drinking and of course the thing that goes on between two people. All this effects him, badly. There is a nurse who comes to look after him as Ma is worn out. This nurse is one of the old school, under her control Pop is not allowed to do anything. Ma thinks that food and drink are the things that Pop needs to 'mend'. In the end Ma cannot take this nurse no more and they end up having words, then Pop gets so annoyed with the nurse and he gets angry, which Ma thinks that is what Pop needs, but unfortunately Pop suffers another heart attack. This time after Ma had been talking with Angela Snow, it was Angela who brought in in a young seductive nurse. Of course the new nurse does help Pop to the road of recovery, but he is still suffering from depression. After a while Pop is allowed out of bed and to walk around the bedroom and go to the bathroom on his own. But during all the time that Pop is layed up Edith Pilchester had not been to see him, so Ma gets in touch with her and arranges for a visit. It was during that visit that there is a discussion of the proposed tunnel from England to France. (All this is in the early seventies.) The road to the tunnel is going to go through the Larkins home. That's not on for Ma and Pop, and it's this that gives Pop the 'medicine' to recover. As to what happens, buy the book and the other four, best relaxing read you can get and have a good laugh.
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on 28 August 2014
Classic Larkin tale. Reading it again was like visiting an old friend.
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on 28 December 2015
Really loved the tv series and the books are even better.
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on 21 August 2015
wonderful book to read
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