‘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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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.From AudioFile:
The irrepressible Pop and Ma Larkin return in a book which begs to be performed, either on film as it has been on PBS, or read aloud as actor Bruce Montague so ably does here. Ever the wheeler-dealer, Pop sells a country house to a London stockbroker and his wife. Their efforts to settle into the neighborhood are not without incident. Narrator Montague captures each character's voice as author Bates describes it so that Pinky indeed has a lisp, the Colonel sounds as though his jaw is rusted, and the Brigadier is somewhat befuddled. Some of the mores may surprise our 1990's sensibilities but, placed in context, the story is a delightful diversion. N.B.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1975. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Published In 1975 : Reprinted Edition : Penguin Books : Just A Tiny Amount Of Faint Face & Edge Rubbing : Otherwise , As New Throughout : Overall, A Very Nice Book : Bookseller Inventory # 21 - 20334
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