Only recently I read The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates and what a joy it was. Reading it on a summer’s day under a tree with a treat at hand creates the feeling of pure escapism. Wonderful characters full of warmth, lightheartedness and humour, the dreamy Larkin Farm with neverending feasts, the romance of Kentish countryside. The perfect summer read. I will be happily reading the rest of the books, next stop: France. I think the Penguin editions are rather lovely but I fell head over heels for the Folio Society’s version with great illustrations by Alice Tait.

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I am so grateful to all of you for fantastic book recommendations, thanks to Victoria I discovered another side of Bates’ talent, the sad romantic side (with a huge helping of flower references). I read Love for Lydia and absolutely loved it. Have you read any of his other books? Which ones are your favourite?



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6 Responses to “H.E.Bates”

  1. Anna B 29 August, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Sneaky magpie! I’ve never read any of these books! I like the covers though!

  2. The Sneaky Magpie 1 September, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Hi Anna! They are fabulous to read, I would really recommend them!

  3. Victoria 2 September, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    So glad you loved the book! I’ve never read any others by him but making note of these. What great titles they are too.

  4. Erin 9 September, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    A Breath of French Air! I swoon unreservedly! Must dash out and find this, now. Or at the very least a copy of that cover to hang somewhere in my house. xo

  5. Beth 12 September, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I have never read these either, although they do always look wonderful. I like to read books for the season, so probably one to save for next summer, but definitely on my list!

  6. The Sneaky Magpie 13 September, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Victoria, they are very good titles indeed but completely different books to Love for Lydia.

    Erin, oh yes, great title, could breath French air all the time, especially Provancal.

    Beth, they are perfect summer reads you will have a lot of fun!

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