Oh! to be in England

Oh to be in England With a letter announcing the imminent arrival of Madame Dupont Pop and Ma Larkin learn that little Oscar and Blenheim are to be christened Pop who needs no excuse to open a few bottles and host the

  • Title: Oh! to be in England
  • Author: H.E. Bates
  • ISBN: 9780141029665
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oh! to be in England

    With a letter announcing the imminent arrival of Madame Dupont, Pop and Ma Larkin learn that little Oscar and Blenheim are to be christened Pop, who needs no excuse to open a few bottles and host the perfick party, rushes out and buys a fun fair to celebrate But there are one or two gatecrashers even Pop hadn t counted on turning up Oh To Be In England was the fourthWith a letter announcing the imminent arrival of Madame Dupont, Pop and Ma Larkin learn that little Oscar and Blenheim are to be christened Pop, who needs no excuse to open a few bottles and host the perfick party, rushes out and buys a fun fair to celebrate But there are one or two gatecrashers even Pop hadn t counted on turning up Oh To Be In England was the fourth of five immensely popular comic novels in the Larkin family series, consisting of The Darling Buds of May 1958 , A Breath of French Air 1959 , When the Green Woods Laugh 1960 , Oh To Be in England 1963 , and A Little of What You Fancy 1970 Bates, speaking of how he was inspired to create the Larkin family, recalled the real junkyard that he often passed near his home in Kent and he remembered seeing a family a father, mother and many children, sucking at ice creams and eating crisps in a ramshackle lorry that had been recently painted a violent electric blue He tried writing a brief tale based on the family, but soon decided that he couldn t waste such a rich gallery of characters to a short story Pop is a wonderful character who hates pomp, pretension and humbug loves his family, but doesn t hesitate to break a few rules and his and the Larkins secret is that they live as many of us would like to live if only we had the guts and nerve to flout the conventions.

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    1. An Odd1

      "Oh! to be in England" by H.E. Bates refers to the eternal blissful "perfick" "beloved countryside, its nightingales and blackbirds, bluebells and primroses, haytime and high summer" p126 of Pa Syd Larkin, wealthy benevolent junkyard dealer, inventor and bestower of powerful cocktails, and equally-affectionate, generously-proportioned Ma. Their brood of early maturing belles are: Mariette married to Mr Charlton, poetic Primrose Violet Anemone Iris Magonia Narcissa 14 set on East End visiting par [...]

    2. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

      Much better than the previous two installments. Mariette and Ma each have a baby to christen, but when the local padre discovers none of the little Larkins has been properly "churched", it turns into a family affair. Mlle Dupont is called over from France to stand godmother to little Oscar, and Primrose falls for the vicar, convinced he is a man of mystery--and he is, rather.A light read, good for the heat wave we've been having. What someone called "potato chip" fiction--you munch it down quick [...]

    3. Camilla Tilly

      Bates uses his fantastic language in this fourth novel about Pop Larkin and his eccentric family in the Kentish countryside. It has it's funny moments thanks to his extraordinary word choices and descriptions of things. But unfortunately the storyline in this fourth book is much weaker than the previous ones.It's a sentimental ode to an England that is disappearing. In a way the book resembles his short story collections more than a novel since he this time does not have a real thread throughout [...]

    4. June Louise

      This is one book in a series featuring the madcap antics of the Larkin family. In this tale, Mariette and Charley are getting their baby son, Blenheim, christened; and Ma and Pop Larkin think it would be a good time to get their youngest child, Oscar, christened at the same time. In fact, why just Oscar? None of the Larkin children have been christened, so Pop asks the locum vicar (Mr Candy) to do a "wholesale christening" on all 7 of the Larkin children. There are several storylines within the [...]

    5. Mark Farley

      In the fourth book of The Darling Buds of May series, the erstwhile Pop and Ma throw parties for an eight child christening and the opening in of the new swimming pool, while getting upto the usual shenanigans and japes. The Pop Larkin Chronicles are the quintessential feel good detached, countryside romp. Well known by the popular tv series starring David Jason and introducing a young Catherine Zeta Jones to the world, this series of novellas set in rural Kent depict a time of post-war relief, [...]

    6. Mark

      Another good read in the Larkin chronicles - the main event taking place in this book is the visit of Mme Dupont from France (as encountered in the second book when they went and stayed at her guest house) where she discovers that the residence of her "English milord" is not quite as palatial as she pictured in her dreams. This also coincides with the christening of the two youngest (Pop and Ma's child and Charley and Mariette's child) which then turns into a major event when they decide to chri [...]

    7. Nancy

      Just loved it! Slim little paperback and incredibly fun! Now I have to get the author's other books because this is the middle of a series. I cannot wait to see how things pan out with Primrose and that poor Vicar Mr. Candy. A cast of true characters without ever being a caricature. Because we have allmet most of these personality types. Taken alone they can be annoying or fun. Taken all together is a screwball classic laugh out loud book!

    8. Bob Hartley

      It's funny that the eccentric are patriotic in this, since that's a pairing still fresh in the English way of thinking. I went to Canada and loads of houses had the flag outside and I found it completely backwards. We barely celebrate St George's day.Saw some of the punchlines coming, including the very last line, but it was written years ago and humour seems to have got more profound since so I can't fault it. It's a farce with the quality of a Tom Sharpe novel, God's honesty.

    9. Stig

      I had forgotten I had this book, but found it on my shelves when I was looking for something to read on my daily commute to the salt mines. I probably bought it just because of the wonderful title, and I am glad I did as this was a delightful read about a very unconventional family. To make things even better, it turns out that it is part of a series, so there are more books about the Larkins to look out for. And even an old TV series if I'm not mistaken

    10. Juliana Jura

      The first book that I have ever read about the larkin family. Brilliant!!!! The next is on order and I've bought the DVD set to watch!!! I think the fact that it had Catherine Zita Jones cast as one of the Larkin daughters put me off the entire series. Got that one wrong! A thoroughly readable romp! can't wait to read the next.

    11. Tom

      Very enjoyable novella. Makes me look forward to the summer months and drinking outside on a warm night. Word of warning, I wouldn't attempt to make any of the drinks Pa Larkin concocts since you'd likely be on your back in a very short time!

    12. Peri

      Re-read all 5 Larkin books in as many days - what a joy to sit in the spring sunshine and revisit these old friends. They have such a feel good factor - bliss or maybe perfick!I know corny - but I couldn't resist.

    13. Fiona

      Another lovely easy read. Interesting that this book was divided into a couple of different story lines/episodes in the TV version.

    14. Tracy

      Another fun and easy read while at the same time there is that clever capturing of the social structure of the day and the 'rules are not for us' attitude embedded into the characters and story.

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