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  • A Breath of French Airby H. E. Bates

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    'I should like to go to France,' said Ma. 'God Almighty,' Pop said. 'What for?' 'For a holiday of course,' Ma said. 'I think it would do us all good to get some sun.' And so at the end of a rainy English August the Larkins - all ten of them, including little Oscar, the family's new addition - bundle into the old Rolls and cross the Channel... more...

  • Oh! to be in Englandby H. E. Bates

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    'Christening? We never said nothing about no christening, Ma, did we?' And so with the appearance of a letter announcing the imminent arrival of Madame Dupont, Pop and Ma Larkin learn that little Oscar and Blenheim - Charley and Mariette's new boy - are to be christened. In fact, once Mr Candy - who will be officiating (much to raven-haired Primrose's... more...

  • Fair Stood the Wind for Franceby H. E. Bates

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    When John Franklin brings his plane down into Occupied France at the height of the Second World war, there are two things in his mind - the safety of his crew and his own badly injured arm. It is a stroke of unbelievable luck when the family of a French farmer risk their lives to offer the airmen protection. During the hot summer weeks that follow,... more...

  • The Darling Buds of Mayby H. E. Bates

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    'Home looks nice. Allus does though, don't it? Perfick' And so the Larkins - Pop, Ma, Mariette, Zinnia, Petunia, Primrose, Victoria and Montgomery - return from an outing for fish and chips and ice cream one May evening. There, amid the rustic charms of home, they discover a visitor: one Cedric Charlton, Her Majesty's inspector of taxes. Mr Charlton... more...

  • When the Green Woods Laughby H. E. Bates

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    '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... more...

  • A Little of What You Fancyby H. E. Bates

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    '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... more...

  • Day's End and Other Storiesby H.E. Bates

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 11.99

    Day's End and Other Stories , H. E. Bates's first short story collection published in 1928 when he was just 23, depicts the rural lives of quirky characters cast in his distinctive, beautifully drawn style. Each story has a youthful quality, intimate and often profound, perfectly demonstrating the progression of this masterful wordsmith. Bates... more...

  • The Watercress Girlby H.E. Bates

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 11.99

    Stories about children are not always for children. In The Watercress Girl , H. E. Bates masterfully depicts a childhood which, by proxy, reveals the mystifying world of the adult. Through a series of short, lyrical stories, the complexities of the world are seen with crystalline purity through the eyes of children. We experience the joyous and painful... more...

  • Castle in the Airby H.E. Bates

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 0.00

    Visiting his aunt's pub is normally a waiting game, sitting outside to avoid the musty smell of beer and bacca. But when old Smiler takes a seat beside him, sucking in pint after pint through his gingery whiskers, a whole new world of battles and bones opens up before him… H. E. Bates – a prolific English novelist and short story writer – wrote... more...

  • The Woman Who Had Imaginationby H.E. Bates

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 6.99

    The Woman Who Had Imagination , H.E. Bates's fourth volume of stories, first published in 1934 (Jonathan Cape), is a fascinating collection of contrasts. The stories combine elements of realism and poetry, beauty and ugliness, tenderness and irony. Graham Greene, writing in the Spectator , lauded the collection as 'the first volume of Mr. Bates's... more...