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on 22 January 2014
This is the second book concerning the goings on of the quintessential English Village of Stonley. I have read the first book which I loved and this was as brilliant as the first. These books can be read in any order if you so wish.

Once again I was transported back to this wonderful place and time when things were simpler and loads of fun. The humour is very subtle at times, and in other places its outright in your face. An Ealing Comedy and a typical theatre style farce this book is a lot of laughs with a lot of plot.

So settle into your favourite armchair in front of a roaring fire and put your feet up for a really great read, you will not be disappointed. And in the summer the armchair and roaring fire can be replaced with a deck chair and a beach (handkerchief on head optional).
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on 20 October 2013
Do not panic! You only need the tissues to dry your tears of laughter!

This is a brilliant follow up to An English Custom.An English Custom Laugh out loud moments keep you turning the pages to see what on earth the author has thought up next to tickle your fancy! All of my fave characters from the first book are still there and some of the shenanigans they get up to are positively eye watering. Poor Bob! I will never look at a lampshade in the same way again!

If you can actually see past the wonderfully funny antics of the inhabitants of Stonely, the book is very well written with excellent description and atmosphere. It makes you wish there were still places like this.
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on 22 December 2014
Hilariously funny! Better even than the first in the Stonely series - and I really do hope it becomes a series. Not a book that you read for depth, it is a book you read for fun, and there is a lot of fun in this book. Stonely in the 50s gets ready to welcome electricity, which has somehow avoided the village so far. 'Welcome' isn't perhaps the correct word, as the villagers see no need for it. When the workmen move in, the villagers get to work - with hilarious results. All the best characters from the first book are there, including the Major, his half-brother and the son of one of them (being Stonely, neither is sure which one is his father). Mix in a German handyman who is so popular in the village that they hide from the authorities the fact that he should be a prisoner of war - and then they learn that the electric company need to dig up the field where his plane is hidden! Enter the barmaid who has it all (or had them all) and the fun really takes off (as, for a while, does the plane). And what happens to the project manager.....don't even think about it! You don't need to read the first book, but buy them together and get twice the fun!
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on 27 March 2014
in the best traditions. As it follows on from An English Custom it continues the madcap 1950's village through being electrified. I say madcap yet it was probably quite normal for a small village at that time and of course, they have secrets and fabulous ways and means to keep those secrets.
If I had not read these books I would have been unaware of what great fun I had missed but now I am. The challenge now will be to find as good again, and after trashing my way through everything Tom Sharp some time ago I now feel a little disappointed that James Henry hasn't written another, or a film, or a TV series which these books would suit so well. Woe is me.
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on 9 June 2015
Set a few years on from 'An English Custom'. A completely separate storyline and pretty consistent standard. However, he makes the point of setting the scene in quite a bit of detail and therefore you should read its predecessor first otherwise you'll know everything about 'An English Custom' before you start (and some of it is quite well concealed).
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on 31 March 2014
A real rarity - a writer whose comedic imagination is matched by an intelligent and believable style of writing. This second volume from James Henry is as funny as the first. I have no doubt that at some point we will be seeing a movie based on these lovable characters.
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on 9 January 2014
Again great fun read. Love the characters. New and old, if you read first book your love this one as much, have not read bus driver book, as I am a bus driver, but will give it a got, but would prefer another Stonley story,please.
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on 18 March 2015
Great and funny read. Luckily I bought it on kindle as the cover would have put me off! Great follow-on from the first one. Now looking for the third in the series.
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on 6 April 2014
classic britsh farce, loved the book as much as the first, yoy do not have to read the first but it does help, looking forward to another if possible
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on 23 August 2014
Unsure if the 2nd book could be as good but it is. Very well written, very funny. Perfect holiday book.
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