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This is an auction for THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY by H E Bates.

A large format omnibus volume comprising:





From Wikipedia:

"The Darling Buds of May is a novel by British writer H. E. Bates, first published in 1958. It was the first of a series of five novels about the Larkins, a rural family from Kent. The plot involves Pop, Ma, and Mariette Larkin beguiling Charley, a timid and naive tax inspector, into abandoning his investigations to take up residence on the family farm. ITV produced a television series based on the novel and its sequels, The Darling Buds of May, which ran from 1991 to 1993..." review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This is one of the most enjoyable books of pure escapism, I think I have ever read. The Larkins are a joy. The TV series was brilliant but the books, I feel, are on an even higher plain. This is the first of the Larkin tales, where Mr Charlton from the Inland Revenue pays the Larkins a visit but falls in love (with the way of life, the countryside & of course, Mariette) & never leaves (& to be fair why would he ?) My top tip - buy every Larkin book you can get your hands on & indeed, the DVD of the TV series (if you can get hold of a copy of the complete "Pop Larkin Chronicles",in effect an omnibus of all the Larkin tales, prepare for late nights & cessation of discussion with family members, as you plough through the lot !) - this book, as with them all, is a real treat."

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Large format hardback 1993.

331 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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