Pop Larkin

5 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 183 ratings

The Darling Buds of May Summary

When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: The fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. Well known by the popular TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Darling Buds of May is the quintessential feel-good country romp. It will have you falling wholeheartedly in love with the Larkin family and their carefree way of life. So grab a bowl of ice cream, pull out a deck chair, and share in the "perficktion" of country life.

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©1958 H. E. Bates (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks
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  • Book 1

    • The Darling Buds of May

    • The Larkin Novels, Volume 1
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 56

    When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: The fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. Well known by the popular TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Darling Buds of May is the quintessential feel-good country romp.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely wonderful!

    • By John1962 on 03-09-16

    Regular price: £19.09

  • Book 2

    • A Breath of French Air

    • The Larkin Novels, Volume 2
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    In the second novel in the Pop Larkin series, the Larkin family descends upon Brittany in France. Like fish out of water, they find that things don't quite turn out their way: The weather is less than ideal, the food is awful, and the hotel is in a bad state of repair. But things slowly improve as Pop manages to sweet-talk Mlle Dupont, Angela Snow and her sister, Iris; and Charley and Mariette celebrate their first wedding anniversary. A Breath of French Air is a delightful book full of nostalgia, fun, and frivolity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perrfick

    • By Ursula Mary Taylor on 20-05-18

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 3

    • When the Green Woods Laugh

    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 27

    A year has passed, and in this third novel of the Pop Larkin series, Pop Larkin is preparing to build the bungalow he promised Charley and Mariette upon their engagement. He buys a country home slated for demolition, intending to convert it for the two, but it is not long before a London couple persuade him to sell it. Pop, ever the trickster, sells it for an extortionate price, as the two social climbers know little about country life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic

    • By Sharron on 01-09-16

    Regular price: £19.09

  • Book 4

    • Oh! To Be in England

    • The Larkin Novels, Book 4
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    In the third sequel to The Darling Buds of May, Charley and Mariette decide to get baby Blenheim christened, leading to a wholesale christening of all seven of the Larkin children. Chaos abounds as the vicar, Mr Candy, is run ragged by the naughty twins, Zinnia and Petunia, and finds himself the object of desire for Pop's second eldest, Primrose. To top it all off, Pop buys a fairground on a whim, and Mlle Dupont arrives to discover that Pop is not a Lord, nor does he live in a mansion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply perfick!

    • By M. A. Gillyon on 06-01-17

    Regular price: £19.09

  • Book 5

    • A Little of What You Fancy

    • The Larkin Novels, Book 5
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 22

    In the final book of the series that began with The Darling Buds of May, the fun-loving Pop Larkin finds himself confined to a bed following a mild heart attack - caused by a little too much of what he fancied. Ma battles with the doctors as she attempts to find an adequate cure, but it turns out that a seductive nurse is all he needs. Pa's spirits truly recover themselves when he is forced to defend his home from the ministry's railway plans. This concludes the tales of H. E. Bates' Larkin family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful and a touch of true happiness

    • By Sharron on 10-02-17

    Regular price: £28.49