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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102965X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029658
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. 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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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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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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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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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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By Liz on 17 Mar. 2013
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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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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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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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Classic Larkin tale. Reading it again was like visiting an old friend.
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