A Little of What You Fancy

A Little of What You Fancy Teetotal Ma said It s a libel He ll never live it down He ll never be able to hold his head up again Whatever will people think What s he going to say when anybody asks him to have one No said Dr Con

  • Title: A Little of What You Fancy
  • Author: H.E. Bates
  • ISBN: 9780718107642
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Little of What You Fancy

    Teetotal Ma said It s a libel He ll never live it down He ll never be able to hold his head up again Whatever will people think What s he going to say when anybody asks him to have one No, said Dr Conner You ll have to strap him down, Ma said You ll have to put the handcuffs on And so after a mild heart attack caused by rather too much of what you Teetotal Ma said It s a libel He ll never live it down He ll never be able to hold his head up again Whatever will people think What s he going to say when anybody asks him to have one No, said Dr Conner You ll have to strap him down, Ma said You ll have to put the handcuffs on And so after a mild heart attack caused by rather too much of what you fancy Pop Larkin finds himself off the booze, off the good food and off the good life generally, much to his own and everyone s else s horror and upset And while Ma tries to find ways around doctor s orders , young Primrose is finding her own way round a rather flustered not to say flushed Mr CandyThis is the fifth of the five immensely popular comic novels 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. Katie

      I've read the earlier books in the Pop Larkin series and went on a hunt for this one (found it in the lovely ramshackle secondhand bookshop, Badger Books in Worthing)for purely escapist reasons. It delivered in bucketloads - bucketloads of champagne, brandy, roast chicken, rare beef, and jellies as wobbly as Ma Larkin. Not a lot happens but what do you want to happen when you can bask in the Kent sunshine in the glorious tumble of the Larkins'immodestly blooming garden. Perfick.

    2. Camilla Tilly

      This is the final novel of the Pop Larkin series and to me this book was a great disappointment. I realise that Herbert E Bates was almost 70 years old when he wrote this book. He had seen two World Wars and had fought in the second one of the two. He had seen an old England disappear where the privileged classes had to leave their country homes and sell them to nouveau rich from London. The upper classes walking around in rags and not being able to make ends meet. He had seen old traditions fly [...]

    3. Mark Farley

      In the final and longest of the Darling Buds of May, Pop takes a turn for the worst and uncharacteristically spends most of this time laid up in bed with some sort of heart problem, whilst the rest of the cast take centre stage. Pop soon rouses though when the future of the modern world attempts to uproot the Larkins forever. The Pop Larkin Chronicles are the quintessential feel good, detached country-bound romp. Well known by the popular tv series starring David Jason and introducing a young Ca [...]

    4. Alan

      my rating would be just over 3 stars i think - definitely not as good as the previous ones in the series but this final novel in the pop larkin series of stories is still a nice easy read is all of HE Bates novelsever unlike the others where the stories revolve around a lead character (and family) who is full of the joys of living, this time around a heart attack has grounded pop larkin and he is generally depressed if not melancholic in mood for most of the storye ending which suddenly introduc [...]

    5. Mark

      Another good read (and the final one) in the Larkin chronicles.This one feels less joyful than the previous ones though - mainly because this starts out with Pop suffering a heart attack (probably brought on by years of excessive food and drink consumption - you can tell these books weren't written in today's "health and safety" conscious days!) and then confined to bed whilst he recovers. As the previous books have been full of Pop's lust for life, the contrast in this one where he feels despon [...]

    6. Hayley

      I love the Larkin series generally but was a little underwhelmed by this one. I first thought that I must have missed this one when I first read the series about 15 years ago as I had absolutely no recollection of it. However, as I got further into the book I did start to recall reading it before and I now think that it just didn't stay with me as I just didn't enjoy it as much as the others. In some ways it feels different in tone to the other books, with Pop's illness and maybe that is why it [...]

    7. Arnab Chaudhuri

      Pop Larkins is back but not quite as one may have expected. It is not the usual Pop Larking that can be seen in the Pop Larkins series. The Pop Larkins chronicles has been always been about the rollicking country life. The rural setting and its casual lifestyle had always captivated me.The Chronicle was very much characterized by a very humorous and with a carefree kind of attitude but in this last part Pop's illness and inability to indulge in his favorite pleasures have obviously dampen that a [...]

    8. adllto

      The 5th part of HE Bates' stories of Pop Larking and his family. It retains all the charms of the earlier stories though the sub plot with Mr Candy was a little risque. Somehow along the road I realized I haven't read the fourth story/book Oh! To be in England.

    9. Peter Thornton

      5th volume of Larkin chronicles and much more racy and explicit than earlier volumes. The book ends in a wonderfully intoxicating sexy bucolic romp that the man from the ministry simply doesn't get. Why would anyone want to save a junk yard?

    10. Deb

      I actually read this series many years ago, after the TV adaptation was shown in the US. Worth reading just for the descriptions of the food, drink and flowers!

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